Need help with new cactus :D

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  1. gabris[LT]

    gabris[LT] MDL Senior Member

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    #1 gabris[LT], Mar 21, 2012
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    Hello!
    I and my girlfriend found the cactus in the shop, well it was candy part in the store :D , and she decided that we should take him home....
    Now we know that this is a Echinocactus Gruson.
    maybe someone has something like our cactus or knows how to care for it?
    Help needed. :biggrin:
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  2. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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  3. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Pretty much the only way to kill it is to water it to much. The soil should drain well, no standing water in pot after watering or in catch basin underneath unless you raise pot off saucer with flat rock so roots don't reach for it. I love cacti:worthy::hug2:

    P.S. Mix some decent garden soil from your yard with perlite 50-50, that's about as inexpensive as you can get unless you have access to chicken grit or fine gravel in bulk for cheap, instead of perlite.
    The only thing that I don't like about perlite is that it will float to the top of the soil, if this bothers you, use something heavier like gravel.
     
  4. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    gabris. my friend.
    my old father. aged 86. keeps cactuses.
    and gets them to flower..
    by the simple means of keeping them in a small
    glasshouse, letting the sun do the work,
    without giving too much water..
    has worked for years that way..
     
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  5. gabris[LT]

    gabris[LT] MDL Senior Member

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    and why do I think that I watered it too much. o_O
     
  6. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    No worries just don't water for awhile. I should have said prolonged over watering. ;)