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Ferocactus fordii

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© RHS 1960

Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent, Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Summer

Stem

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Ford barrel cactus

Family

Cactaceae


Ferocactus are spherical to columnar cacti with prominent ribs bearing spiny areoles, the spines sometimes hooked, and funnel-shaped flowers in summer

F. fordii has a solitary, globose, grey-green, ribbed stem to 25cm diameter, with whitish radial spines and long, grey or red, flattened and twisted central spines. Flowers 4cm, funnel-shaped, purplish-pink

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light, with low humidity. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Alkaline or Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 10 - 20ÂșC in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free