If you did not know already you will have gathered from the picture that a turbinicarpus is a type of cactus. Since cacti are small plants many people grow a number of different types together so they can enjoy the various shapes and flowers. So why choose a turbinincarpus? They are extremely popular because of their small size and readiness to flower. I found this article on the World of Succulents website which explains how to grow and care for these plants.

Turbinicarpus is a genus of very small to medium-sized cacti, which inhabit the north-eastern regions of Mexico and are extremely popular among collectors. Certainly their small size and readiness to flower attribute to their popularity. As is typical of any group of plants that receives a lot of attention from hobbyists and researchers, many names are described for plants with even the slightest difference. This can be either at the level of subspecies or species.

The plants in this genus have small stems, often growing hidden in the soil in habitat. In cultivation, the plants are often solitary globose stems with distinct tubercles. Spines vary considerably from species to species. Flowers arise from the stem tips and range from white to dark pink.

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Growing Conditions

Light: Turbinicarpus prefer to be in a well ventilated position in full sun to maintain a good body color and spinal development.
Water: The golden rule when it comes to watering Turbinicarpus species is ?never water when the compost is still damp?. This is the one error that will certainly kill any plant! Watering should commence in the spring late March to early April depending upon the weather conditions at the time. The plants should initially be given a light spray to gently encourage them into growth. A number of species those with papery spines e.g. (Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus) have the ability to absorb water through their spines. Never introduce water too quickly as the plants may take up too much and split. However, should this happen dust the wound with ?Flowers of Sulphur?, and allow to form a callous. The plant should survive but it may take many years before the wound disappears below ground level. Once the plants have swollen after their winters rest amounts of water can be increased. Water thoroughly at each watering, this should be about every two weeks. Water sufficiently to ensure it runs from the bottom of the pot but try not to water over the plant, especially if it is a hot sunny day as this can scorch the plant. Always choose a bright sunny day to water and do so in the early morning to allow excess moisture to dry up as soon as possible. As I mentioned earlier, but well worth repeating, don?t water again until to compost has completely dried out. If you are in doubt don?t water. During a hot mid-summer period, the plants may go into dormancy for a short time, during this period reduce the water levels. Reduce watering early September and stop watering completely by the end of September ? early October depending on the weather. The plants should then remain completely dry for the autumn and winter period.

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