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
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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).

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The Rounded Ball Cactus— Parodia Magnifica
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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
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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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Happy Planting! 🌵

Succulents With Yellow Flowers That You Should Have

Yellow is just one of those colors that instantly cheers you up when you see it! It represents happiness and positivity in pretty much every culture, so it’s a great color to surround yourself with. Kind of like this yellow smiley plushy!

We like to keep at least a few succulents that produce yellow flowers in our home and garden (or office). Their vibrant yellow blooms make us smile and compliment the rest of the plants in our succulent collection beautifully!

If you love the color yellow as much as we do, then keep reading to learn all about these six succulents with yellow flowers!

Aloe Vera

Succulents With Yellow Flowers

Aloe plants have some of the most beautiful flowers around! Their bright yellow flowers have a beautiful, unique cone shape. They grow on tall stems that tower above the rest of the plant, so they look quite striking.

Aloes don’t just have pretty blooms—they have tons of medicinal uses too! They’ve been used to treat wounds and skin conditions for centuries. Some people even drink aloe juice to improve their digestion and get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Read our full article on how it helps you here, this is for those that very much care about beauty!

Because of all of the ailments they treat, Aloes are super useful plants to grow around! They’ll soothe your sunburns and upset stomachs and make your garden look beautiful. What other plants can do that?

Prickly Pear Cactus

Succulents With Yellow Flowers
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This cactus has beautiful, delicate flowers that remind us of peonies. Yes the very famous peonies. Some species of Prickly Pear have red or purple flowers, but we prefer the ones that have yellow blooms. Our favorite species is Opuntia Humifusa, also known as Low Prickly Pear. It has those vibrant yellow flowers that we’re after!

This species also produces edible fruit and has green, fleshy pads covered with thorns that can be eaten, too. You can grill, sautee, boil, pickle, or fry them. You can even eat them raw and serve them up in salads. Just make sure that you clean off the spines first! Using a planting or gardening tool set like this will help a lot, don’t get pricked!

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Echeveria

Succulents With Yellow Flowers
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Not all species of Echeveria have yellow flowers, but the ones that do sure are beautiful!

Echeveria ‘Dondo’ and Echeveria Pulidonis both produce yellow flowers in the spring. The former has flowers with a beautiful orange tint while the latter produces blooms in a bright, sunshine yellow color.

Even when these two species aren’t flowering, they’re super pretty! They both have green rosettes that are eye-catching in their own right. They’ll look gorgeous sitting on your windowsill soaking up the sun in a pot like this!

Sedum

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Several species of Sedum have bright yellow flowers. Our favorite one is Sedum Acre—it has star-shaped, buttery yellow flowers that really pop against its dark green leaves!

It’s not just pretty—it’s a hardy little plant, too! It can survive in harsh conditions like below freezing temperatures, rock crevices and full sun. It grows fast, even in less than ideal places, so it makes great ground-cover for gardens.

Florist Kalanchoe

Florist Kalanchoe
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This kind of Kalanchoe is known for its big, beautiful flowers! The plant comes in colors like red, white, pink, orange, and of course, yellow. Florist Kalanchoes are readily available in grocery stores and garden centers partially or fully in bloom, so you’ll be able to pick one out in your favorite color!

This plant may grow and bloom on its own in the spring or late fall. But some plants are a little finicky and don’t bloom more than once unless you force them to.

We hope you get a plant that can bloom on its own, but if not, you can keep it in a dark room for 12 to 14 hours a day. After a few weeks, blooms should appear. Then you can move it out of the dark room and back into the light so you can enjoy many flowers! Maybe use a grow light if you don’t have enough light, we know some places like Sweden stay dark for a very long time during the winter months!

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus
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The Christmas Cactus got its name because it blooms right around Christmas time. This plant brings some cheer to dark, dreary winters with its bright flowers! It’s also much less toxic to dogs, cats, and kids than popular holiday plants like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias, so it’s the perfect family-friendly decoration.

A few varieties of this plant have golden yellow flowers. A variety called Christmas Gold has golden yellow flowers with pink centers and purple stamens. Another variety, called Gold Charm, has golden flowers without the pretty pink and purple accents, but it’s still beautiful!

The Christmas Cactus makes a great houseplant. If you put it near a sunny window in your home, it’ll thrive and bloom for you for years to come!


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