The cultivation of Melocactus

Autore: Domenico Prisa 

CREA Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Via dei Fiori 8, 51012 Pescia, PT, Italy.

Review Article

GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2023, 23(02), 085–090.

Article DOI: 10.30574/gscbps.2023.23.2.0176

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Publication history: 

Received on 20 March 2023; revised on 01 May 2023; accepted on 04 May 2023\


Cacti are icons of our time. Symbols of the 21st century lifestyle, they populate the windowsills of city flats and family villas, decorate shop windows and office desks. Each species has a characteristic that catches the eye: the colour, the bizarre shape, the thorns, the fascinating flowers. As the name suggests, succulents store water in their tissues, roots and thick, fleshy stems. Often counted apart, cacti are a type of succulent that has adapted to survive in the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Their reputation as ‘die-hards’ makes these resilient plants easy to handle even for the novice. This review describes the characteristics and cultivation methods of one of the most interesting cacti, the Melocactus.


Cactus; Melocactus; Plants botany; Popular melocactus; Ornamentals

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