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Echinocactus grusonii ALBA

Description: Echinocactus grusonii alba for the bright white thorns, commonly known as the Mother-in-Law's Cushion, is a popular and striking species of cactus native to central Mexico. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is renowned for its spherical shape and dense ribs lined with sharp, golden-yellow spines. When mature, it can reach impressive sizes, often growing up to 3 feet (about 1 meter) in diameter. The cactus is slow-growing and typically starts off small, gradually forming its characteristic globular shape over many years.

Distribution: Echinocactus grusonii is native to central Mexico, where it thrives in arid desert regions. It is often found growing in rocky hillsides and well-draining soils, adapting to dry and sunny conditions typical of its habitat.

Care Tips:


  • Requirement: Full sun.
  • Details: Echinocactus grusonii thrives in bright, direct sunlight. Place it in a location where it receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, preferably outdoors in a sunny spot or indoors near a south-facing window.


  • Requirement: Low watering.
  • Details: Water sparingly during the growing season (spring and summer), allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter months when the cactus enters dormancy.


  • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
  • Details: Plant Echinocactus grusonii in a well-draining cactus potting mix or sandy soil. Good drainage is crucial to prevent waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root rot.


  • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
  • Details: Echinocactus grusonii prefers temperatures between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) during the growing season. It can tolerate cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C) but should be protected from frost and freezing conditions.


  • Requirement: Low humidity.
  • Details: Echinocactus grusonii is adapted to dry, low-humidity environments. It does not require additional humidity and prefers good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.


  • Requirement: Minimal fertilization.
  • Details: Fertilize Echinocactus grusonii sparingly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half-strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing during the winter dormancy period.


  • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
  • Details: Repot Echinocactus grusonii every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its container. Use a slightly larger pot with adequate drainage holes to accommodate its root system.


  • Requirement: Offsets or seeds.
  • Details: Propagate Echinocactus grusonii from offsets (pups) that grow around the base of the parent plant. Carefully separate these offsets and replant them in their own containers. Alternatively, it can be propagated from seeds, although this method requires patience due to the slow growth rate of the cactus.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus) and enjoy its striking appearance in your succulent collection or garden landscape.


Echinocactus grousonii alba 'mother in-law's cushion' 15cm pot

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