A geometrically congruous plant that is most pleasing to the eye. The olive green, ridged balls have a brume of golden spines that give it a deceivingly soft appearance – don’t be fooled! It will even produce small creamy yellow flowers in summer and autumn, each is around 5cm and, in the right conditions there will be plenty of them.
What could be more dry hardy and easier to care for than the Cactus? Cactus are a top plant for all ages and a great way to encourage kids to garden. All you need to grow Cactus successfully is well drained soil, a sunny position and the restraint not to water.
The longer you have it, the more stems that will grow, gradually filling the pot. Allow them to keep in a cluster rather than separating if you want the best blooms.
Other names for this cute as a button plant include Notocactus magnificus and Eriocactus magnficus. Common terms include Green Ball Cactus, Blue Ball Cactus and Balloon Cactus.
SIZE (HxW): 5-30cm x 5-15cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: Choose a brightly lit position out of the hot afternoon sun (which may burn the leaves or damage the roots in the pot). Indoors, place your pot Cactus by a sunny window. If you are growing yours outdoors and live in a cold area it is best bought indoors for winter.
I NEED A DRINK: Low water needs, water lightly then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. You are more likely to kill it with kindness than neglect. In pots, water the soil (not the foliage) as it begins to dry out. This will be roughly once a week in the warmer months and once every 2-3 weeks in winter – but always test this as different microclimates are just that. They will flower better after a dry winter.
I WILL SURVIVE: In pots use a well drained potting mix specially formulated for succulents and cactus. They aren’t huge fans of humidity, so it is best to ensure they have good air flow. You can remove the offsets as required, or allow them to fill the pot. Repot every three or four years to maintain vigour.
You don’t need to fertilise them very often or much, a diluted liquid feed to quarter strength in spring and summer is all they need to thrive.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Summer to autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical