GOLDEN BARREL CACTUS Echinocactus grusonii
The Golden Barrel Cactus is also known by the name 'Golden Ball', and amusingly 'Mother-In-Law's Cushion'! Growing to over a meter in height (after many years) this cactus is native to Mexico, and can be cultivated in warm climates around the world. Balls grown relatively quickly, and are easy to grow. Mature plants have highly pronounced ribs, up to 35 of them, and on young plants these ribs will appear to be knobby. Mature plants will produce small yellow flowers at the crown of the plant in summer.
Type: Perennial or houseplant
Hardiness zones: Not frost hardy, minimum winter temperature 12C/53F
Note: This plant species is known to cause dermatitis in some individuals. The use of gloves when handling may be beneficial.
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: Use a potting soil comprised of 30-50% sand. Sprinkle seeds on the surface, and water in. Keep lightly moist during germination, and in bright light. Once plants mature they can be let to dry a little. Be careful not to over-water.