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Ferocactus Genus

Barrel cactus

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Ferocactus genus (Barrel cactus). This is a slow-growing, evergreen perennial spherical cacti species. It will produce yellow, red, brown or white 10cm spines which will act as protection. The flowers are the same colours. They will become columnar after many years, and can take up to 15 years to flower. The cacti may vary in size and shape depending on species.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Cactus

Origin

Mexico and USA

Interest and use

Excellent container plants.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 5C, and will need full sun and very well drained soil. Ensure plants have good ventilation.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed in the spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Treat blackened areoles with systemic fungicide.

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