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Mila (Cactus)

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Its name 'Mila' is an anagram of Lima, a city in Peru near which the first plant was found. It is a small genus of cactus that includes about thirteen different species, very variable between them. In their natural habitat they grow mainly in extremely arid mountainous areas. Plants of this genus are characterized by their reduced growth, which makes them beautiful miniature cacti, and by their arrangement in small tufts similar to those that form some Echinocereus. This species is highly prized for its bright yellow blooms which contrast nicely with the many pale spines. Here are some simple tips for its proper care and cultivation: The Mila likes a good exposure in full sun and rather ventilated situations. It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and above all that never drop below 5 ° C, for this reason it is recommended to place it in well-sheltered and ventilated places during the winter. It should be watered in moderation and only when the soil is completely dry. It is sufficient to water it once a week in spring and summer, with a reduction every two months in autumn. Completely suspend irrigation in the winter. We recommend a well-draining soil as optimal, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapillus. These are plants that do not need frequent fertilization, for this reason it will be sufficient to dilute the specific fertilizer for cacti with watering once a year, only when deemed necessary.