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Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius 8-15cm

Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius 8-15cm

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Plant Description

Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus, is a stunning succulent native to Mexico. This variety is characterized by its spherical shape, ribbed texture, and golden-yellow spines, which give it a distinctive and striking appearance. As the plant matures, it forms clusters of offsets around the base, creating a visually captivating display. During the blooming season, which typically occurs in spring, Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius produces bright yellow flowers near the crown, adding further allure to its already captivating presence.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Light: Provide Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius with plenty of sunlight. Place it in a location where it can receive direct sunlight for at least six hours per day. This cactus thrives in full sun conditions.

  2. Temperature: This variety prefers warm temperatures and is sensitive to frost. Protect it from temperatures below 50°F (10°C), especially during the winter months. It is best suited for USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11.

  3. Soil: Plant Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius in well-draining soil with a sandy or gravelly texture. A cactus or succulent potting mix mixed with perlite or coarse sand works well to ensure proper drainage.

  4. Watering: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the active growing season in spring and summer, water thoroughly but infrequently, ensuring that excess water drains away from the roots. Reduce watering in winter when the plant is dormant.

  5. Fertilization: Fertilize sparingly with a balanced fertilizer formulated for cacti and succulents during the growing season. Apply fertilizer at half strength according to the manufacturer's recommendations, typically every 4-6 weeks.

  6. Potting: Repot Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius as needed to accommodate growth, typically every 2-3 years. Choose a pot with drainage holes and use a slightly larger container with fresh potting mix. Handle the spiny cactus with care during repotting to avoid injury.

  7. Pest and Disease Control: Monitor the plant regularly for signs of pests such as spider mites or scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.

By following these cultivation tips, you can successfully grow and enjoy the beauty of Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius in your garden or succulent collection. With proper care, this stunning cactus will thrive and become a focal point in your landscape.


Pictures of this plant were taken on , please keep on mind that the plant may have grown since pictured.Also be aware that most plants change across seasons. If present foliage could have been fallen or change in its color.

Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Echinocactus

Botanical species: Echinocactus grusonii var. intermedius


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