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Rebutia

When I first started buying books about cacti and succulents, I got seduced by the incredible blooms of Rebutias. That started me on a mad hunt for Rebutias. Ah, cactus fever...

What got me into trouble was my style of caring for plants (described in more detail elsewhere). You see, I water them once or twice a week in a hot, humid and dusty environment. Most Rebutias do not have tough skins, and so they are the first to get hammered by spider mites. And they get hit rather quickly... so if you're a city guy and cares for plants like I do (which is, badly ), don't get them!

The picture you see are Rebutia albiflora plants in my collection when they still looked presentable.

In time, my collection dwindled down to just a couple of awful looking pots of Rebutia albiflora. I won't try to collect more unless I take a close look at my cacti cultivation habits.

I also had a Rebutia muscula once. Rebutia albiflora and Rebutia muscula were the only ones which flowered in my collection. The pictures are in the Rebutia Flowers Page .

Later I got this Rebutia. It looks like what used to be called a Sulcorebutia. Since it has not flowered, I have not tried to identify the plant. I plan to collect Rebutias which are less spiny and thus easier to keep clean.

My future plan is to grow Sulcorebutias which are solitary. Solitary plants are much easier to clean if you live in a hot and dusty place.


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