Glden Barrel Cactus

Scientific name : “Echinocactus Grusonii”

The aptly named golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) is now quite rare in its native habitat, but it is frequently grown in cultivation as a houseplant. Less frequently, is used in the outdoor garden in dry climates where temperatures never fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (zone 10 and 11).

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The aptly named golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) is now quite rare in its native habitat, but it is frequently grown in cultivation as a houseplant. Less frequently, is used in the outdoor garden in dry climates where temperatures never fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (zone 10 and 11). However, the cactus is less likely to flower indoors than when it’s grown in a garden or yard. Amusingly, this prickly plant’s nickname is “mother-in-law cushion.” Barrel cacti, as the name implies, are almost perfectly round when juvenile, so they make excellent display plants. They are highly attractive, with the evenly spaced rows of spines on their deeply ribbed lobes. As they grow, it’s not uncommon for them to stretch out so they are more oval than circular. As with most cacti, the secret to successful indoor growth is nearly perfect drainage, as opposed to letting them dry out.

Sunlight – A barrel cactus does best in a very sunny window, perhaps a southern exposure.

Watering – Water infrequently (every month or two) and ensure that the soil drains completely.

Plant Care – While the plant favors warm, dry conditions, the cactus can tolerate temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Feed these plants every four weeks with a high-potassium fertilizer.

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