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Echinocactus

I've had one or two Echinocactus grusonii in my collection, but unfortunately I did not take very good care of them. Once bugs attack, the top of the plants ended up covered with brown scars. With the growing point damaged, the plants put out a lot of offsets.

At left are pictures of offsets from a damaged Echinocactus grusonii. The parent plant itself is already dead. There is a photo of the plant in the Problems pages.

These are juvenile plants. Like Ferocactus, Echinocactus plants do not display ribs when young. The ribs appear later, when the tubercles start aligning with each other.

My experience with this genus is not a good one. I still have a couple of offsets that look like juvenile plants, and they are well, plodding slowly along. Most of my bad experiences with this genus was due to less than exemplary care and technique, so don't let me destroy your enthusiasm!!

I don't have any mature Echinocactus grusonii because of the (possibly foolhardy ) notion that I can grow one well from its juvenile stage.

The best place to see prime Echinocactus grusonii specimens in Malaysia is at Cactus Valley, Cameron Highlands.


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