Echinopsis eyriesii is a very popular large caespitose cactus, widely grown for the huge nocturnal flowers. It is the best known and most commonly grown globular cactus. Stems are globular, later elongated and almost cylindrical, 15-30 cm high,12 to 15 cm thick, dark green and heavily ribbed. Spines are 14 to 18 but very short.
Flower are nocturnal, pure white, very large, from the side of plant but above the middle, 17 to 25 cm long, 5-10 cm in diameter (The presence of pink shades in the flower shows hybridization)
This species flourishes best in limestone along with good potting material. Requires moderate watering and should be completely drained during summers. Winters need less watering. Sunlight loving, these Cactus should be protected from the harsh sun but afternoon sunlight is good for their growth.
Usually these are outdoor plant, grass lands, landscapes.
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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