Echinocactus grusonii


-It is commonly called Golden Barrel, Mother-in-law’s-cushion, Mother-in-law’s-seat, Golden Ball Cactus.


-It is native of Central Mexico.


-Echinocactus grusonii is a slow growing plant: its globe-shaped stem become elongated in maturity, up to 90 cm! Spines are yellow, while its stem is pale green and ribbed. When receiving enough sunlight, plants will bloom (in summer), producing vivid yellow flowers.


-E. grusonii is an easy plant to grow. It needs rich, well drained soil, full sun exposition. Repot every other year to provide fresh soil, after repotting do not water for a week. It needs plenty of water during the summer season (growing season), but do not overwater it: remember to not wet the body of the plant while it in sunlight, to prevent sun burns and scars. Keep almost dry in winter. Despite needing full sun, it can tolerate half shade, too. It can tolerate short frost periods, but requires frost protection for safe cultivation. Healthy plants will start blooming when they reached the diameter of 40-50 cm.


-It propagates by seeds.


-Old plants tend to lean to the south, to allow their spines to better protect the plant from the harsh desert wind and sun.

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