Echinocactus grusonii

golden barrel cactus

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9.5cm pot £6.99 £5.59 Buy
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  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Compost: specialist cacti compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 10cm (including pot)

    Cacti are great plants for busy people who want something to sit on a sunny windowsill, but don't want to spend too much time looking after them. This is a stylish little plant and pot cover set. The cactus is potted up into a standard plastic pot, but this then sits straight into the zinc pot cover, so it will look smart as soon as its unpacked. With that in mind it also makes a great gift.

  • Home care: Place it in a bright spot and in spring and summer, water when the compost gets dry, but make sure it never sits in excess water for any length of time. In autumn cut back on the water and keep it almost dry throughout the winter - watering only if it starts to look a bit shrivelled. Avoid a humid atmosphere (no bathrooms or steamy kitchens) and in the warmer months, open a window or door occasionally so it can enjoy the fresh air. Repot every year or two into a slightly larger pot using cacti compost. You will find it easier to tackle if you concertina a couple of sheets of newspaper and then fold these around the spines, leaving a 'tail' that you can use to lift the plant out of one pot and into another. Otherwise invest in some thorn-proof gloves!

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