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Rebutia Flowers

Although Rebutias are frequently recommended to beginners, in my experience they don't do well in the hands of busy people in dusty towns. This genus does not have a tough skin, so mites will attack it first, moreso in a hot and dusty urban environment. See the Growing Page for more comments on this.

In Malaysia, they look awesome when you first buy them, but unless you are able to provide the specimen with an adequate level of care, you will not be able to keep them beautiful for very long. Tellingly, Rebutias are not so commonly sold in Malaysia, and old stock can look absolutely awful.

These two pictures show two Rebutias I have owned, and both pictures were taken soon after I bought them. At left is a Rebutia albiflora, while a Rebutia muscula specimen is on the right. These specimens are long dead. Rebutias are difficult to keep alive for someone who loathes to use strong insecticides.


2002 Update

It appears that Rebutias blossom willingly in Cameron Highlands. There are lots of Rebutias in bloom in Cactus Valley and other nurseries. However, once you buy some and bring them back into the dusty lowland urban environment, no new buds are formed once the existing buds finish blooming. The reason for this behaviour could be a change in temperature or the microclimate.


See also: Rebutia Page | Rebutia Graft


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