Golden Barrel Cactus
Argentina (Tucum n).
The Echinocactus grusonii is a wonderful popular plant for adding texture, colour and shape to landscapes, it gives a huge dose of impact . Barrel Cacti are always found in either a cylindrical or barrel shape. They are covered in large, usually thick spiky quills that are 2 to 3 inches long. Unlike many Cactus, the "golden barrels" get more and more beautiful as they grow. It is fairly quick growing at first; then the growth rate slows right down. So you can expect to wait about 10 years for the cactus to reach 10 inches in diameter.
The golden barrel cacti will produce yellow flowers during mid-summer, although these are unlikely to appear indoors.. These flowers do not have any spines or thorns.
Like most cacti they're drought tolerant and need very little care and attention to grow well. Not enough sunlight and over-watering are common mistakes.
Plenty of sunshine will keep this cacti more than happy. In a glass room you may have to provide some shade during a hot summers day to prevent sunburn
Feed every 4 weeks with a high potassium fertilizer during summer
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.
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