Botanical name - Echinocactus Grusonii
Origin - Desert regions of eastern and central Mexico
I'm such a show piece for your home. Got a bright sunny spot then I'm your guy. Just be careful of my large spines!
I'm a sucker for the sun so the brighter the better. It builds me up and makes me strong. If you have a empty south facing window ledge I'm your guy.
Think Desert! All cactus like to thrive in dry drought ridden climates, however this doesn't mean we can survive without any water at all. It's more like a drench and drought kind of care that we love.
Let me dry out completely so that when you lift me up I'm nice and light with no moisture in the soil at all. Leave me dry for at least a week in the spring summer season. Then it's time to water me and a lot of it too please. Why not pop me in a sink for an hour to let me soak up what I need then put my back in my normal place. Whatever you do don't leave me in water for days at a time as I will go mushy and rot.
Overwatering is my biggest killer so remember if my soil's not looking dry or I'm heavier than normal to pick up don't give me any water. If you see mould on my soil the spot I'm in is too dark and I would like to see more sun.
The key to a healthy cactus is well draining soil. If at any point you repot remember to use a cactus soil or mix one part compost with 1 part pearlite and 1 part sand. Lots of drainage and air pockets near my roots is ideal.