Golden Barrel Cactus Houseplant Seeds
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Golden Barrel Cactus Houseplant Seeds

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30 cactus seeds. Echinocactus grusonii, commonly known as mother-in-law’s cushion or golden barrel cactus, stands out especially due to its golden spines, which form a beautiful contrast to the lush green of the cactus’ body. In addition, this cactus species is exceptionally robust and does not come with many requirements in terms of tending.

It was elected ‘Cactus of the Year’ in 2008, which is not surprising at all. Besides its impressive appearance, it is also easy to care for, not posing much trouble when it comes to creating ideal living conditions that will allow it to thrive for many years.

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Growing Instructions

Prefers a bright and sunny spot with warm temperatures of at least 21 degrees centigrade. But it can also handle half-shade and cooler temperatures, although this usually causes it to change its shape of growth from a ball-shape to more of a pillar. Direct sunlight is only manageable for older specimens.

A soil containing sand or clay is ideal. Alternatively, it is an option to add cactus soil to normal flowerbed soil. Moreover, the soil should be rich in humus. Mixing in a bit of compost increases the soil’s nutrient levels. Place seeds on the surface of the soil. Sprinkle a thin layer of sand on top of the seeds and then the soil needs to be evenly misted. Cover the flat with a lid or plastic wrap and keep it in a warm location. The seeds readily germinate and can be transplanted when they are big enough to a larger container. Always use gloves when handling barrel cactus, as their spines can be painful.

Water your barrel cactus once per week in summer. The barrel cactus doesn’t need much water in winter when it is dormant. Water once between December and February. Adequate water in spring may cause the plant to produce a large yellow flower. Rarely the plant will then grow an edible fruit.