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Cactus Succulent

Ferocactus emoryi

A bluish-green barrel cactus, globular at first, becoming cylindrical, and capable of reaching 2m after many years. Young plants have a regular arrangement of conical tubercles tipped with 6 to 10 long, curved, red or light brown spines. Older plants develop 15 to 30 deep ribs. Red, yellow or pale orange, funnel-shaped flowers up to 7.5cm across appear in summer, followed by yellow, egg-shaped fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Red Yellow Orange Yellow
Autumn Green Yellow
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Cactaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added grit. Water moderately when in growth, not at all when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser two or three times in the growing season. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be suceptible to mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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