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Golden ball cactus

Notocactus leninghausii

'Golden ball cactus' is a plant in the Notocactus genus with a scientific name of Notocactus leninghausii.

The long, harmless and golden spines is why this cactus is appreciated by many. When young the plants are globular and then columnar. Older plants cluster from the base. When an adult plant reaches at least 20 cm tall the plants may produce yellow flowers at the top of the plants. Following the norm with cacti, this one requires well drained soil, a sunny exposure and no water in winter.1

Golden ball cactus is a flowering succulent perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate. Keep in mind when planning your garden that Golden ball cactus is known for growing to a erect habit.

Brazil is believed to be where Golden ball cactus originates from.

Golden ball cactus is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Golden ball cactus

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Enjoys a full sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Golden ball cactus is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will typically do well in a plant of different extremes of cold temperature.

See our list of companion Plants for Golden ball cactus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Golden ball cactus from seed

Transplanting Golden ball cactus

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Golden ball cactus is a very hardy plant.

Common Golden ball cactus problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Golden ball cactus plants:

Other names for Golden ball cactus

Lemon ball cactus, Yellow tower

Misspellings: Yelow

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1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parodia_leninghausii

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