Cacti are wonderful plants. They are loved by many home growers because they do not require special care.
Echinocactus is a type of cactus that is very attractive with its round shape. There are more than 10 species of globe cacti. In nature, they become really huge. Echinocactus in home conditions can reach a diameter of about 40 cm. The more it grows, the more the ball elongates and begins to take the shape of a cylinder.
If planted outdoors, the echinocactus. If viewed indoors and in a pot, however, this happens very rarely, almost never.
Location and Light
Echinocactus loves bright light. Place it in a well-lit place in the sun. If it is in direct light – even better. This applies year-round.
During the warm months it is good to take the echinocactus outdoors. That's what feels best. Moderate temperatures are best for it. It does not tolerate strong heat, as well as freezing.
In summer it is good that the temperature does not exceed 25-28 degrees, and in winter the minimum is around 8 degrees.
Watering is moderate to scarce. The echinocactus is, so it does not need much watering. In summer, water moderately every few days or daily, but lightly. In winter, watering is reduced even more.
Echinocactus can withstand dry air as it is a desert plant. You can still mist it occasionally in the hottest heat.
The soil that you can choose for the echinocactus is ordinary garden soil. You can mix it with a little sand and peat. Fertilize in spring and summer with cactus mix every 2-3 weeks.
Transplanting and Propagation
Propagation is by seeds. And transplanting is done every 1 or 2 years for young echinocacti and every 4-5 for adult plants. If you're not sure if it's time to repot, you can tell by the roots coming out of the pot's drainage holes.