Learn how to care for ball cactus along with its history and classification details.
Hardiness Zone: 9-12
Soil Type: Sandy, well drained, acidic
Sun Exposure: Full sun, partial shade
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
History: Cacti are believed to have evolved in the last 30 to 40 million years. Long ago, the Americas were joined to the other continents, but separated due to continental drift. Unique species in the New World must have developed after the continents had moved apart.
Ball cacti are moderate growers, adding about four inches to their height each year. Ball cacti are generally small and globose to cylindroid in shape. Many species are deeply ribbed and usually bear clusters of spines surrounded by white or yellow glochids (hairlike spines). The flowers are typically yellow to red and borne along the crown
When is the best time to plant?
The best time to plant ball cactus is in late spring or early summer.
How do I propagate ball cactus?
Ball cacti can be propagated easily from offsets, which readily form in clusters around the base of the mother plant.
Can I grow ball cactus in a pot?
Yes, you can grow ball cactus in a pot, take care, it may outgrow the pot at some point.
How much should I water ball cactus?
Agave should be watered regularly during the spring and summer months.
Do I need to fertilize the ball cactus?
Yes, fertilize ball cactus frequently.
When does ball cactus bloom?
The ball cactus will bloom in summer.
Should I plant any companion plants?
The ball cactus grows well with agaves, yuccas and aloe.s
What are the health benefits of the agave?
Ball cactus can help to reduce body fat, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
What are some special features?
Agaves are characterized by a rosette of succulent or leathery leaves that range in size from a few centimeters to more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length.
Be sharp like a cactus, people are afraid to touch and not a sort of rubbish.