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Parodia - Magnifica aka Balloon Cactus

Parodia - Magnifica aka Balloon Cactus


Parodia magnifica, formerly known as Notocactus magnificus or Eriocactus magnificus, is a cactus with a green, globose to cylindrical, usually solitary stem. The stem has 11 to 15 sharp ribs lined with golden, bristly spines and grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. As it grows, it takes on a bluer, more glaucous tone and can sometimes offset and form a cluster. Flowers are shiny yellow, up to 2.2 inches long with a diameter equal to the length, and appear in summer.


Key to remember that Parodias do not like direct sunlight and are accustomed to more even water than many other cacti species. The cactus mustn't be exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. To encourage better flowering, allow the plants to enjoy a cooling period in the winter and dramatically cut back watering. However, unlike other cacti, you don't need to stop watering entirely. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.



* Picture and information intended only as a guide.  Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.


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