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Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans is a subspecies of the Mammillaria haageana cactus, known for its distinctive appearance and relatively easy care requirements. Here's a factual care sheet for Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans:

Light:

  • Light Requirements: Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans thrives in bright, indirect light or partial sunlight. It can tolerate some direct morning sun but should be protected from intense afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates.

Watering:

  • Watering Needs: Water Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans sparingly but deeply. 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 fall and winter when the plant is dormant.

Soil:

  • Soil Type: Plant Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans in a well-draining cactus mix. A blend of sandy soil with perlite or pumice works well to ensure good drainage, mimicking its native rocky habitats.

Temperature:

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

Humidity:

  • Humidity Preference: Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans prefers low humidity levels typical of desert environments. It can tolerate dry air and does not require high humidity.

Fertilizing:

  • Fertilization: Feed Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for cacti once a month during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing during fall and winter when the plant is resting.

Propagation:

  • Propagation Methods: Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans can be propagated from offsets (pups) that develop around the base of mature plants. Allow offsets to dry and callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.

Pruning:

  • Pruning Requirements: Minimal pruning is needed. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased parts of the cactus with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.

Pests and Problems:

  • Pest Control: Monitor for common cactus pests such as scale insects 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 haageana ssp. elegans every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container. Choose a slightly larger pot with drainage holes to accommodate its root system.

Special Care Notes:

  • Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans is generally low-maintenance but benefits from regular monitoring of watering and light conditions.
  • Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, especially during the dormant winter period.
  • Provide bright light and occasional direct sun exposure to promote healthy growth and potential flowering.

Following these care guidelines will help your Mammillaria haageana ssp. elegans thrive and display its charming, clustered growth habit in your cactus collection or garden.

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