Echeveria Black Prince Succulent

Calling all ye loyal subjects, come hither and witness the nobility of the plant kingdom.

With its arresting dark leaves that seem to cause a commotion wherever it buds, this low growing member of botanical aristocracy sounds like a dramatic character from a scene of Game of Thrones. This Halloween appropriate succulent has recently been gracing the backyards of Mediterranean rock gardens, container patios, and green roofs, enchanting all those who come across it.

All hail the Echeveria Black Prince Succulent!

Echeveria Black Prince Succulent
The Echeveria Black Prince Succulent @sucule_sampa

The Black Prince is small, dark and handsome

Echeveria Black Prince succulent can be described as striking clumps of 3-inch, distinguished rosettes with dark purple, nearly black leaves with a glowing green epicenter. The wide, fleshy leaves are triangular and start off growing bright green and darken as the plant matures. The more sun exposure the succulent gets, the darker the foliage becomes.

As the plant ages with time, the leaves widen out at the base and develop an acuminate tip with yellow tones on the peripheries. The Black Prince blooms during late fall and early winter. Short, leafy stalks jut out from the core of the plant and bring forth cheerful, scarlet red, bell-shaped flowers. Inside the bells, you will find smaller, yellow star-shaped flowers that contrast pleasantly with the whole plant.

With the right conditions, the blooms of the Echeveria Black Prince can last right through the winter.

Be sure to check out another member from the Echeveria family in “Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?“.

A noble choice for an easy-care plant

Like most succulents, Echeveria Black Prince succulent likes to settle its roots in palaces with well-draining soils. It thrives amongst sandcastles and cactus potting mix. To avoid root rot, you can add gravel or pumice to a regular potting mix to create the perfect grounds for this succulent.

1. Sunny side up

Considering that the Echeveria Black Prince descends from warm, dry regions, it is a bit of a sun worshiper. These succulents love bright filtered light and sunny outdoor locations. It can tolerate partial to full sunshine for up to 6 hours a day but should be kept under a sunshade when the temperatures start to get toasty.

Echeveria Black Princes that are grown indoors will do well to perch on a sunny, east, or west-facing windowsill that is free from strong wind drafts. You might have to move the Black Prince around the house before it finds the optimal spot where it is happiest.

The Black Prince is not a big fan of winter, but it can tolerate frost and cold temperatures for short periods. If you reside in an area with extreme winter conditions, you might want to move the Black Prince inside until the weather improves. If they have to remain outside, you can invest in frost protection.

See the difference between succulents that prefer cold weather over warm with “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?“.

2. Scattering the succulent spawn

The Echeveria Black Prince succulent can be propagated through seeds, leaves, offsets, and cuttings.

When selecting a leaf to propagate, choose a firm, healthy leaf, and make a clean cut from the stem. Let the leaf callous over for about three days, then lay it on a cactus mix or treated potting soil for about two weeks, watering only when the soil has completely dried out. You can plant your new Black Prince in its growing pot when the roots and a rosette appear, and the mother leaf has withered away.

As your Echeveria Black Prince grows, it will develop offsets at the base of the plant. You can pluck these out once they form rosettes, let them dry out for about two days, and replant them.

Make sure to also check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for our full guide to propagating.

3. Regal grooming tips

Like all royalty, the Echeveria Black Prince likes to look its best at all times. There are a few grooming guidelines you can follow to keep your Black Prince in tip-top shape.

  • Never let water remain in the folds of the rosette, as this can cause rot and fungal disease.
  • As the plant grows, it is normal to see the bottom leaves start to wilt away. It is okay to trim these off.
  • Always remove any leaves or debris from the plant pot that may encourage pests like mealy bugs. These critters have an affinity for Echeveria. The Black Prince is mostly disease-free, but a small dose of rubbing alcohol or Neem oil should clear away any creepy-crawlies.
  • The Black Prince remains dormant during the winter and should be repotted only during the warm season when the soil is completely dry. Fertilization works best during the spring to encourage blooms.
  • Acclimate this succulent slowly to the sun to prevent sunburn or sun damage.
Echeveria Black Prince Succulent
Echeveria Black Prince Succulent growing in a planter @succulent_loves

The Echeveria Black Prince has earned his crown to the Succulent Kingdom, adding flair in every planter arrangement, because as we all know, ‘black goes with everything’!

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Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus Horizonthalonius

There is no denying that cacti call some shots in the succulent group. That’s why it’s natural to find cactus and succulent being used interchangeably. Well, if you’re a succulent lover, you know better.

The cacti group is so diverse that you’re going to run into surprises (pleasant ones) now and then. Devil’s head cactus is just one of the more than 1700 surprises (species). You’ll find this guide particularly helpful if you’re looking into growing this cactus.

Dive right in!

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
A flowering cactus growing in a pot @cherokeelion

Devil’s Head Cactus – Origin

This succulent is native to the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts of the United States and Mexico. Taking into account that the Sonoran desert is the hottest in the whole of Mexico, it’s easy to see how hardy the devil’s head cactus is. To top it all off, the nature of these desert lands isn’t exactly a boost to plant life.

The two play a significant role in determining how you should take care of this baby when you decide to bring it home. You’ll get to know about that in a second.

Description

This beauty can be hemispherical, columnar, globular, or flat-topped in shape. You can expect this plant to grow to a height of up to 16 in and eight inches across. The surface is blue-green.

The entire plant structure is divided into sections (called ribs), each bearing several areoles. And from these areoles, the popular cactus structures, spines, emerge. A typical plant will have up to 8 ribs.

Each areole can bear between three to ten spines that are cross-ribbed, measuring up to 4 cm in length. So the entire plant structure is spiky. This means you’ll have to take precautions when handling this succulent. The spines can be gray, pink, or brown.

The flowers are showy and can either be pink or magenta. They come out mainly during June, although it’s not unusual for the plant to bloom as early as April or later on in September – as long there is rain. The flowers open during the day and close when darkness sets in.

These blooms give rise to fruits that are either red or pink and covered with numerous tiny hairs.

Check out another kind of cactus to keep you interested like “Giant Barrel Cactus – Echinocactus Platyacanthus“.

Classification of the Devil’s Head Cactus

The devil’s head cactus is part of the larger Cactaceae family – like all the good cacti. Further on in the classification hierarchy, it belongs to the Echinocactus genus and is of the Ehorizonthalonius species.

Hence, in the botanical world, it goes by the name Echinocactus horizonthalonius. Besides devil’s head cactus, other common names include horse crippler, eagle’s claw, blue barrel cactus, visnaga meloncillo, and horse maimer.

Speaking of the Ehorizonthalonius species, there are two varieties of it:

1. Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. horizonthalonius

This is the one you’ll likely encounter since it’s the most widely cultivated. It is dominant in the Chihuahuan region from Arizona, New Mexico to Texas and Northeastern Mexico.

2. Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii

You’d be hard-pressed to find this variety in extensive cultivation. It’s an endangered species limited to only a few parts of the Sonoran desert in Arizona and Mexico. Compared to the first variety above, it is taller and bears branches sometimes.

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Cactus growing in a pot @danjo_koumuten

Growing Conditions

As mentioned above, the devil’s head cactus is a desert native. The conditions call for serious buckling up. And this succulent has perfected this.

It can survive on so little, which means you won’t need to exalt yourself as much to see it grow into an adorable gem. Nevertheless, you’ll still need to be there for your baby.

Consider the following ingredients for a healthy Echinocactus horizonthalonius.

Be sure to also check out our piece “How Fast Do Cacti Grow?” to see more on the growing conditions of cacti.

1. Watering and Soil Requirements

The devil’s head cactus is a highly drought-resistant plant owing to its water-deprived natural habitat. To grow it smoothly, you’ll have to consider this when coming up with a watering routine.

Naturally, you’ll have to be a bit moderate on this front. A heavy drink for your plant once in a while will make sure it thrives. That is, water only when the soil is completely dried out.

But that would be useless if the soil doesn’t dry out fast enough. That’s why you’ll also need to consider a potting mix that won’t stay clogged for long – drainage is paramount.

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2. Ideal temperatures for devil’s head cactus

This succulent is not so cold hardy, so it’s essential to consider the average minimum temperatures you experience in your area before planting it outside. In which USDA Hardiness zone does your area fall?

You’ll be fine to grow it outside if your region is 8b and above. For 8a and below, you can grow the gem as an indoor plant. Alternatively, you can grow it in a pot outside so that you can bring it inside in winter.

Check out our guide to “How Long Do Succulents Live?” tos ee tips on maintaining your succulent for longevity.

3. Light requirements

This beauty is not so selective when it comes to exposure – as long as the light is coming in. It can do well in both full sun exposure and partial shade. Of course, you have to ensure enough rays are hitting it, especially when you’re raising it indoors.

4. Propagation

Propagation of the devil’s head cactus is by seeds. Allow the fruits to be significantly ripe – a bit overripe is recommended. Proceed to extract the seeds, clean, and allow them to dry.

Sow your seeds in a well-draining mix at the end of the cold season.

Check out “10 Beginner Mistakes when Growing Succulents” to see beginner mistakes when propagating and more.

Devil’s Head Cactus – Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Devil’s head cactus inside

Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below if you have any succulent from the cacti family in your garden. Be sure to check out similar articles from the cacti family like “Cottontop Cactus – Echinocactus Polycephalus” or “Totem Pole Cactus (Pachycereus Schottii Monstrosus)“.

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Tiger’s Jaw – Faucaria Tigrina

Have you ever encountered a plant that you have to look at twice to make sure it’s not a wild animal from a land-dwelling not of this planet? Most of these amazing creatures turn out to be succulents, and they appear in all sorts of shapes, hues, and sizes. The majority of the informal names given to succulents usually have something to do with the way they look. From the chubby, oddly shaped leaves to the unusual blooms, succulents dominate the plant world when it comes to being exotic.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A young succulent growing in a planter @rachaelsgarden

Beauty With a Bite

Faucaria tigrina is one of those particular succulents that look scary yet adorable at the same time. This stemless succulent has plump, bright green, triangular leaves that grow alternately, forming a star-shaped rosette. The leaves grow in clumps and have sharp, menacing, teeth-like structures that could pass for an underwater predator on the National Geographic channel. These ‘teeth’ are what give this succulent the street names Tiger Jaws or Shark Jaws. There are about ten teeth on every leaf that serves as a defense mechanism. They also help the plant to trap water vapor from the atmosphere, taking it down to the roots of the plant.

The leaves of Tiger Jaws have spaced out, white striations that give it a rough texture. Depending on the intensity of sunlight the plant receives, the leaves can develop a deep purple to pink outline. The plant can grow up to 15 cm (6 inches) tall while the leaves mature to 5 cm (2 inches) long. During early fall and winter, Tiger Jaws bloom sunshine yellow flowers that resemble daisies and are about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. They appear for several months, opening at midday and closing just before the sunsets. This sun-worshiping succulent lets the sun dictate whether it will open its flowers and will generally remain closed on cloudy days.

Be sure to look into more amazing and rare succulents like “Cutest Succulents: Living Stones (Lithops)“. Check it out!

Tiger Jaws – Faucarina Tigrina
Tiger’s Jaw succulent @homelypot

The Back Story

Up to this day, Tiger’s Jaw has been spotted sinking their teeth into rocks and mountain slopes of the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, with a distribution range going from Somerset East to Grahamstown. This succulent was first documented to have been discovered by a gardener’s apprentice named Francis Masson. During the late 1700s, the King of England wanted new plants for the Key Royal Botanical Gardens. Masson boarded Captain James Cook’s vessel on their second voyage exploring the Pacific Banks with instructions to collect plants from the Cape region. He then roamed the ornamented landscapes of the Cederberg’s, Little Karoo and its environs for five years, sorting and documenting over 400 species of plants, with Tiger Jaws appearing in the collection. The succulent was then given the genus Faucaria from the Latin word ‘faux,’ which means jaw and Tigrina, which means tiger.

Faucaria Tigrina has been registered in the Red List of South African Plants as Endangered because there are currently only four remaining subpopulations left in their natural habitat. The greatest extinction threats for this succulent are urban expansion, development, and overgrazing.

Check out “Where Do Most Succulents Come From?” to see exactly where these interesting plants come from.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A flowering Tiger’s Jaw succulent @kym.yoga.lotus.den

Keeping Up With Tiger’s Jaw

Bearing in mind that Tiger Jaws is originally from Subtropical climatic regions, they thrive in temperatures between 21°C and 32°C (70°F to 90°F). This succulent can survive higher temperatures if the shade is strategically provided. When the weather is scorching, the succulent stops growing, therefore reducing its water intake. Tiger Jaws health tends to decline when exposed to temperatures under 16°C (60°F) for long periods, and it is advisable to place the plant indoors during the cold months.

Like most succulents, Tiger Jaws are not big fans of water and can go through the summer heat with sporadic moments of thirst quenchers. They will need a drink when the topsoil is completely dry, with the frequency reducing during the cold seasons. They require good draining soil like cactus potting mix, and thanks to their short roots, they can be planted in a shallow container. When encouraging the plant to bloom, it would need at least 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight during the summer.

Tiger Jaws have a tell-tale sign that they are not doing well. When the leaves of the plant start to lose their color or suddenly wilt, this could be your plant’s way of saying it is drowning. When the leaves begin to turn to mush, your plant is at its death bed. You could remove the soggy ends and dry your plant for two days and try replanting. This succulent propagates from offsets that grow at the bottom of the parent plant. Offsets need a warm and dry place out of direct sunlight for the first month of their growth cycle. Every two to three years, it is recommended that you repot the plant to enable the roots to continue growing.

Tigers Jaw - Faucaria Tigrina
A close-up view of the Tiger Jaws @plantsbywyatt

With its pretty green, spike-toothed leaves and eye-catching flowers that bloom for months, Tiger’s Jaw make the perfect centerpiece for a rock garden or an arresting statement on a living room table. Let’s repopulate this magnificent species. Get yours today!

Thank you for reading with us today! Be sure to check out related articles to keep your succulent interest going like “5 Succulents You can Grow in a Coffee Mug” or even “Air Plants vs Succulent Plants“.

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Pachyphytum Oviferum — Moonstones

Moonstones are one of those succulents that give this plant group a reverence. Its shape and color are just in line with why these members of succulents are priced aesthetic possessions.

You see, in the other plant types, green is all you’re getting and the occasional different colors when they bloom. Well, that’s still great. But since succulents entered the scene, good enough is no longer an option. Think about it – will you limit yourself with a few almost identical plants when you can get more than that in terms of shape, size, and color?

Of course not.

You’ll go for variety – and moonstones is among the available options. Dive in right below and get all the scoop about this cupcake

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphytum Oviferum @evelin_plants

Moonstones – in the botanical world

Moonstones belong to the genus Pachyphytum and the oviferum species. So in the botanical world, it goes by the name Pachyphytum oviferumwhich is a reference to the shape of its leaves. More about the leaves later. But here’s a spoiler – the name translates roughly to “thick plant that bears eggs”.

Can you guess the said shape as from this translation?

Aside from the common name moonstones, this beauty is also called sugar almond plant – another name from the appearance of the leaves.

This succulent can grow to a height of up to 10 cm and spreads around to 30 cm maximum. Stems are white and bare up to 15 leaves.

The leaves have a varying color combination – they can be either blueish- purple or a faded blue-green. This gives them a resemblance to a confection of sugared almond hence the name above. They are egg-shaped, a property that gave the plant the Pachyphytum oviferum scientific name.

Flowers come in winter and early spring. The petals are red-orange while the sepals have the same pigmentation as the leaves.

As with a good deal of succulents, moonstones are endemic to Mexico.

Learn how to plant your moonstone succulent correctly with “Choosing the Right Pot for Your Succulents“. See how to plant your succulents now.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones are endemic to Mexico @rareplant.me

How To Take Care of Moonstones

Pachyphyta overiferum has a penchant for thriving under minimal care – typical succulent tendencies. So with the occasional attention, you still have a high likelihood of having a cheerful plant. Good for the busy side of you.

But what if you’re just a starter with no idea how frequent this occasional checkup should be? What are the ideal conditions for your plant? Below is a checklist of what you need to keep an eye on – or at least try to.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
How to take care of moonstones @groentje_saskia

Lighting

Moonstones can survive well both in full and partial sunlight. Your area will determine if it’s former or the latter.

In areas with particularly intensely hot summers, you should make a point of shielding your plant off from the afternoon sun rays. Otherwise, a sunny spot for the moonstones is enough to give your plant the required dose of light energy.

Indoors, be sure to place your plant in a sunny window and make a point of rotating that pot every few days. Elongated stems and faded foliage won’t help in scoring the aesthetic appeal you’d wish for.

Be sure to check out “9 Flowering Succulents for Indoors” for options on succulents for indoors.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphytum Oviferum @_pasiora

Ideal climate

Sugaralmond plants fall in the USDA hardiness zone of between 10a to 11b. These are areas with temperature ranges of 30o F to 50o F (-1.1oC – 10o C). But as usual, there is always room for compromise.

On the lower side, temperatures of up to 20o F (-6o C) are tolerable. Anything beyond this point is a kiss of death for your plant. And that means frosty conditions should be avoided at all costs.

Bring your plant indoors when the very cold months set in.

Be sure to take a look at “Summer & Winter Succulents: What’s the Difference?” for a guide on how different seasons affect your succulents.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones with droplets @groentje_saskia

Watering your moonstones

The watering routine of the moonstones is identical to that of most succulents. That is you need to let the potting medium to dry out between watering sessions. That way, you won’t have to deal with the menace that comes with root rot.

You can easily tell if your plant needs water by touching the leaves. A firm feel means they’re just fine. On the other hand, soft leaves mean you need to make it rain.

Check out “How to Tell If Your Cactus is Dying” for a guide on seeing when your succulent needs watering or not.

A precaution though – do this to the leaves near the base of the stem. You’re going to end up with a spotted plant if you touch the other leaves. That isn’t particularly appealing.

Unlike most succulents, moonstones need more watering during the winter as this is its growing season. Keep that in mind.

While at it, make sure the water doesn’t come into contact with the leaves. They can easily be damaged.

Don’t miss out on our exclusive ebook “The Correct Way to Water Succulents” for a full guide to watering all your succulents. Check it out!

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones in Garden @groentje_saskia

The best soil for moonstones

Any soil that retains water for long periods is a no for moonstones. Make sure to settle on a medium that drains first enough.

You can come up with one by mixing a few available materials – the most common are sand, perlite/pumice, and regular potting soil. A mixture of the three will give you the perfect potting medium for your plant. Another great combination is compost and sand.

Alternatively, you can skip all this and simply purchase a ready-made commercial cactus/succulent mix.

Interested in learning how to make your own mix? Check out “How to Make Your own Succulent Soil at Home” for a full guide.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones – Pachyphytum Oviferum @suerrealis

Propagation

Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. Follow the steps below

  • Cut a young leaf from the center of the rosette
  • Allow it some time for the cut part to callous – usually, a day is enough
  • Place the leaf into a slightly moist well-draining potting mix
  • Wait until a new rosette forms and repot the new rosette after enough roots have developed. Be sure to pluck off the older leaf.

You can speed up the rooting process by dipping the leaf-cutting in a rooting hormone before placing it in a potting medium. Also, instead of using a potting medium, consider replacing it with sand for better and faster rooting.

Need more tips to propagate your succulent? Check out “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Pachyphyta oviferum is easy to propagate via leaf cuttings. @gaymessucculents

Repotting moonstones

Repotting is especially essential when you’ve just purchased your plant. You can also repot your moonstones if it has overgrown its current container.

The most important piece of the whole puzzle to consider is the potting mix – remember how it should be? No two ways about it.

Important to note also is the depth of the stem in the current container. When making that move, you must maintain the depth to protect the stem from rot.

Finally, remember the rule about leaves – no touching.

It is advisable to repot your plant during its active growth season – winter, that is. Give it some time to settle in before you resume the watering routine.

Be sure to check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter” for more on taking care of your succulents in the growing season.

Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones
Moonstones with Happy Planter @windowsill_succulents

Moonstones can be purchased just about anywhere with a stock of succulents for sale. Be sure to check out our whole piece on “Where to Buy Succulents“.

Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below what succulents you have laying around inside your home?

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The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica

For most people, cacti and succulents can be used interchangeably. Well, until recently when the clear distinction has been understood. If you didn’t know yet, all cacti are succulents but not the other way round. Succulents come in a wide species variety and cacti are just one of them.

And even for the cacti, there are so many plant options, round ball cactus being among them.

Maybe you’ve encountered it or not. Even if you have, just how much do you know about it? Buckle up because you’re about to learn a ton.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
rounded ball cactus is a succulent @succulent.cabin

What is the Rounded Ball Cactus

Parodia Magnifica starts off growth as a spherical spiny structure but settles on a near columnar shape as it ages. The entire stem is ribbed and the plant can grow to a height up to 0.85 m. The diameter can go all the way to 0.45 m.

The whole stem is covered by spines that are yellow in color while itself being either green or having a tinge of blue-green. And this has greatly influenced the common names the Parodia Magnifica has (remember them from above?). In summer, it wears a yellow crown in the form of a flower. Check out what other succulents benefit from this yellow crown flower in “Succulents With Yellow Flowers“.

In general, rounded ball cacti are grown mainly for their aesthetic appeal – in the gardens (in places where they can survive outdoors) or in the house.

Scientific Classification

In the botany world, the rounded ball cactus comes from the Cactaceae family under the genus Parodia and the species Magnifica. This gives it the scientific name Parodia Magnifica.

The name is recent though. In the years gone by, the rounded ball cactus was scientifically referred to by two names; Notocactus magnificus and Eriocactus magnificus. If you bump into them anywhere, just know that they refer to this same plant.

Rounded Ball cactus isn’t the only common name there is. Parodia Magnifica is also known as balloon cactus, green ball cactus, and blue ball cactus. You’ll find out why in the upcoming part of this post.

This species has been found to be native to South American grasslands – in Brazil to be precise. Somehow, you can find it in homes across the world sitting around in pots (hello, succulent lovers).

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
rounded ball cactus surrounded by rocks @thesucculentstore

Bad and Good News

The bad first – Parodia Magnifica is labeled “Endangered” on IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) Red List. What does this mean? 

Despite this cactus species being available across the world (at least), the population isn’t something to write home about. The numbers are just too small which is kind of sad because there is a risk of losing the plant forever. Quite unfortunate.

To the good news

Despite its dwindling numbers, Parodia Magnifica was gifted the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the British Body Royal Horticultural Society. That means the plant satisfied a number of requirements laid down by RHS. Ignoring the conditions that might only be specific to Britain, the following are great to anyone from all over the world:

  • Easy to care for
  • Not prone to pest and disease attack
  • Excellent for garden decoration

This is definitely huge as more people will be interested in growing it. And who knows, maybe that will push up its population considerably.

Have a succulent garden at home? Check out “The Best Succulents For Your Fairy Garden” to see if you could transform your garden into something magical.

How to Take Care of Rounded Ball Cactus

You know the old adage for succulents?

They thrive on neglect.

And Parodia Magnifica is no different. It can battle out some super hard conditions to emerge healthy. What can you do as the plant owner, though? And to what limit?

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Taking care of the Parodia Magnifica @kaktoscactusve

Watering the Parodia Magnifica

As a general rule, be as light-handed with watering as possible. Plenty of water is not something succulents have a preference for, if you’ve read our previous succulent articles, I’m sure you’re aware.

Just a little of it and they’ll be all good.

That means you have to make sure your watering sessions are adequately spread out to allow the soil mix to dry. Check the top part of the mix. Any whim of moisture is a sign that you should wait some more. Take a look at “How Often To Water Cactus” for more tips on watering your rounded ball cactus.

Sun Exposure for the Rounded Ball Cactus

The rounded ball cactus prefers plenty of sunlight. So, make sure it gets as much of it as possible for dapper development. Not too much of it though.

Ideally, half a day of sunlight will do just fine – in the morning. If it’s indoor, placing your plant near a window is even much better. Just be sure to rotate the pot so as the plant doesn’t stretch out. We don’t need any etiolation to occur for the Parodia Magnifica, otherwise, it’ll look extremely odd.

What’s the Ideal Temperature Conditions for the Parodia Magnifica?

Rounded ball cacti are ideal for Zone 9 to Zone 12 growth.

Tip: If you don’t know what zone your particular plant is find out here.

That means some super-low temperatures may turn out to be harmful. That is anything below 10°C. Basically, they have to stay inside, where it is warmer, during winter. For more helpful info to take care of your succulents during the cold season, check out “How to Care for Succulents in the Winter

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
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Is Potting Mix for the Rounded Ball Cactus the Same as with other Cacti?

Good drainage is one thing you should give priority when it comes to the potting mix you choose.

You have two options here; either grab a commercial cactus and succulents mix or prepare your own mix at home.

To prepare one, all you need is a regular soil mix, pumice, and coarse sand. Throw them together in measured quantities and you’ll have the perfect medium for your rounded ball cactus to grow.

Can I use Fertilizer on the Parodia Magnifica?

Fertilizer isn’t much of a need for rounded ball cacti, especially if the potting mix is fresh.

Otherwise, apply a low nitrogen liquid houseplant fertilizer once every 6-8 weeks during spring and summer. Completely withdraw from fertilizing in winter.

Winter = dormancy. Fertilizing will do more harm than good.

How to Propagate Rounded Ball Cactus

Propagation of rounded ball cactus is best done by offsets.

When the offsets form, carefully pluck them from the mother plant and allow time for the cut part to callous or dry. Takes a few days.

Now prepare the ideal potting mix (remember it from above?) and place the calloused part in it. Keep the little buddies warm until they form their own roots. Wait a bit until they’re established and repot them.

Alternatively, you can grow new rounded ball cactus plants from seeds – only that it will take longer for your plant to grow to a considerable size. Plant the seeds as you would for any plant and wait for them to sprout. Keep the sprouts moist until they are of a considerable size for potting.

Propagation should be done during spring and summer, if you’re actually successful in the winter, you’re a cacti wizard for sure. Check out “How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully” for a full guide to propagating your succulents.

Here are some inexpensive propagation tools that you can use to really help you out when propagating offsets of your prickly baby.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
Frosty Succulent @toanakarat

Repotting your Rounded Ball Cactus

Repotting is done as soon as the plant overgrows its initial pot. You don’t want the roots to choke in limited pot walls.

Just remember – repotting during winter is a no-no. Always give the plant enough time to settle in before the cold weather comes knocking.

Is the Rounded Ball Cactus Susceptible to Pests & Other Problems?

Rounded Ball cactus has a solid resistance to diseases. So, no worries to that front. For pests, the most common are mealybugs and aphids.

Mealybugs appear like little bags of cotton and can attack the plant any season of the year. Aphids are fond of infesting the plant during summer/spring when it is flowering. You can eliminate them by spraying your plant with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. A suitable pesticide will also do the job just fine.

Besides that, the rounded ball is definitely a strong contender to fight off anything harmful. Talk about a ball of strength!

Where can I Buy the Rounded Ball Cactus?

A lot of options here. With the popularity of succulents, you’re sure to find rounded ball cactus in numerous online stores stocking succulent plants. Don’t forget your local nurseries.

Check out our article on where to buy succulents and you might be able to find it there.

The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
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Interested in getting a Parodia Magnifica cactus for yourself now? The care is not all that hard and the size of these cacti isn’t too space taking either.

Thank you for reading! Let us know if you get a rounded ball cactus for yourself, we’d love to see yours in action! Be sure to also check out “9 Types of Cacti” to see other types of cacti options for your garden.

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