Golden Ball Cactus (Parodia leninghausii) (Brandt): A Brazilian cactus named for its gentle yellow spines that give it a soft glow. It is an ideal windowsill plant because of its size and easy growth when protected from freezing temperatures. It will grow into a tall, columnar cactus if given room, but small pots help keep them a more manageable size. Wild specimens can reach 24.0" tall and 4.0" wide. Sold in 2" pot.
Parodia can tolerate slightly less sun and more water than other types of cacti. Mature plants can unfurl large, yellow flowers atop the tower that are a real treat to behold.
This cactus variety will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures it can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. Cactus need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 70% to 80% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply and wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
COLOR - PRIMARY: Green / Lime
COLOR - SECONDARY: Yellow / Gold
BLOOM COLOR: Yellow Bloom
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 10 (30F)
RECOMMENDED LIGHT CONDITIONS: Full Sun, Bright Indoor Light
MAXIMUM HEIGHT: Over 12"
GROWTH HABIT / SHAPE: Vertical Grower / Tall Stem
SPECIAL CHARACTERISTIC: Showy Blooms, Hard to Kill