You’ve probably have seen plenty of these cactus. This usually small ball-shaped or barrel-shaped plant is one of the most famous household cacti. These are hence typically referred to by the common name- ball cactus. They are also sometimes called silver ball cactus or just silver ball. Parodia is native to Central South America, where they enjoy somewhat more moisture that most people associate with cacti. They are not full-sun plants, especially during the scorching summer season, they appreciate some daytime shade. Older plants will frequently produce flowers in yellow, red, orange, or pink, depending on the species. It has very pretty, soft, silvery-white, fir-like spines, often with red centrals. The exciting lemon-yellow flowers with pale anthers and scarlet stigma open during the day and close at night. Overall, these are easy and gorgeous beginning cacti.
Common name: Ball cactus
Scientific name: Notocactus scopa
Size: 4 to 6 inches
Maintenance: Easy to care
Once a week. Throughout the growing season that is from the start of spring till the end of summer, provide regular water to keep the potting soil slightly moist. In the winter, cut back watering and let the soil almost dry between waterings, but do not let it completely dry out.
Partial shade. Parodia doesn't like direct afternoon sun and should be kept in partial shade through the hottest hours of the day. They can take direct sunlight only in the morning and evening when it is not scorching hot.
Cactus mix. A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal for the notocactus scopa to grow in.
Moderate. In cultivation it requires a minimum temperature of 10c, therefore in temperate regions, it must be grown under glass or as a houseplant.
During the growing season. During the growing season, fertilize with a cacti fertilizer mix. Suspend fertilizing your plant during the dormant winter period. These cactus respond especially well to fertilizer.
Offsets. Parodia cacti can be propagated easily from offsets, which readily get formed in clusters at the base of the mother plant. To propagate these plants, remove the offset and allow the cut section to dry on a paper towel for a few days. Once the callous is formed, place the new plant in a pot with a suitable potting mixture and keep it in a warm space until roots start to emerge. This will turn into your new notocactus scopa!