ferocactus Diguetii

FEROCACTUS SPECIES

INFORMATION ON FEROCACTUS SPECIES

Native to the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico about 30 species. These have a long-lived cactus, with a life span of over 50 years in good conditions. Large barrel-shaped cacti, mostly with large spines and small flowers. Stems are ribbed, mostly straight, sometimes tuberculate. All species have stout spines, some of them especially thick and heavy and may be hooked or straight. Spines come in a wide range of colors, often varying within species, and maybe yellow, grey, white, brown, pinkish, or most notably, red.

FEROCACTUS SCHWARZII 200mm
FEROCACTUS SCHWARZII 200mm

Flowers come from the top of the plant, often forming a right around the apex. The colors of flowers are either yellow to red or are funnel-shaped openings.

FEROCACTUS MACRODISCUS
FEROCACTUS MACRODISCUS
ferocactus
ferocactus

Summer growers need bright light to filter light.  Well-drained humus-rich soil is required. That consists of sharp washed sand and 30% compost will work foremost species. Remember that they thrive in poor soil and full sun, so this is what you will need to replicate. Repotting is best done in spring or every two years when it outpowers the pot. Regular watering and letting the soil become dry to the touch before watering again. Water in the months of Spring to Summer when in active growth, and then only in times of drought, or if you are growing them undercover. Generally, no fertilizing is not required but a little is alright. As long you don’t overdo it. As it will cause splitting between the body or make it an odd shape plant. Osmocote 6 months, blood and bone, even cow mature not too much though.

ferocactus
ferocactus
FEROCACTUS SCHWARZII
FEROCACTUS SCHWARZII

When placing your plant in its new home. Take note of what conditions your plant is going to an inducer. Grown outdoors in raised rock gardens be sure to keep an eye on temperatures when winter is near. Too much direct sunlight can cause scorching and marking.

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