Paper Spine Cactus

$5.45

Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus is an interesting cactus with long, flat and pointy but soft spines that has the texture similar to that of paper. The spines give it the fun nickname "Paper Spine Cactus". When the spines get long enough, they tend to curl and look like ribbon. A Paper Spine Cactus is made of small pine cone shaped segments that fall easily, so it often cannot get very tall, typically up to 12 inches. It produces bell-shaped white flowers that are up to 1.6 inches wide.

** Shipped Bareroot

Light: Plenty of sunshine

Soil: Mixture used for cactus plants (loam x sand)

Water: Needs really little water.

Temperature: Prefers hot and arid environment

Zone 8b 15 to 20 °F

Zone 9a 20 to 25 °F

Zone 9b 25 to 30 °F

Zone 10a 30 to 35 °F

Zone 10b 35 to 40 °F 

Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants are shipped bareroot to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied).

Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging

We do not ship outside of the continental United States. 

We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. 

Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year. Sedums such as Cherry Tart and Lime Zinger are dormant in the winter, i.e. they wilt, start dropping leaves, and look dead. It's simply a survival mechanism that help succulents stay alive over the cold winter and gear up for warmer days ahead.

Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.

The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.

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DT
08/23/2018
Deb T.
United States

Lovely

Perfect plant arrived

GM
06/12/2018
Gavin M.
United States

Nice

Specimens arrived in very good condition, the packaging was also awesome, best I've ever had arrive probably

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