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care sheet for Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis based on factual information:

Light:

  • Light Requirements: Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis prefers bright, indirect light to partial sunlight. It can tolerate some direct morning sunlight, especially in cooler climates. Protect it from intense, full afternoon sun to prevent sunburn.

Watering:

  • Watering Needs: Water Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis sparingly but thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot. During the active growing season (spring and summer), water when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry. Reduce watering in winter when growth slows down.

Soil:

  • Soil Type: Plant Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis in a well-draining succulent or cactus mix. A sandy or gritty soil with excellent drainage is essential to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Temperature:

  • Temperature Range: Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis prefers moderate temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the active growing season. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost, as it is not frost-tolerant.

Humidity:

  • Humidity Preference: Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis prefers low humidity levels typical of desert-like environments. It can tolerate dry air and does not require high humidity.

Fertilizing:

  • Fertilization: Feed Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis sparingly with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents once in early spring as growth begins. Avoid fertilizing during fall and winter when growth slows down.

Propagation:

  • Propagation Methods: Propagate Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis from offsets (pups) that develop around the base of mature plants. Gently separate the offsets and replant them in well-draining soil. Allow cuttings to callus for a few days before planting to reduce the risk of rot.

Pruning:

  • Pruning Requirements: Trim off any dead or dried stems or flowers as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and health. Remove spent flower stalks after blooming to encourage new growth.

Pests and Problems:

  • Pest Control: Monitor for common succulent pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.

Potting and Repotting:

  • Repotting Needs: Repot Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Choose a slightly larger pot with drainage holes to accommodate the plant's root system.

Special Care Notes:

  • Dormancy: Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis may go dormant in winter, during which it requires less water and cooler temperatures. Resume regular watering and feeding in spring when new growth appears.
  • Sun Exposure: Provide bright light and partial sun exposure to maintain its health and compact growth. Too little light can cause elongation of stems.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your Mammillaria compressa f. bernalensis thrive and display its unique columnar growth and occasional blooms in your succulent collection. This plant's resilience and attractive appearance make it a great addition to desert-themed gardens or succulent displays.

Mammillaria compressa f. Bernalensis

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