Parodia mueller-melchersii - Pink Ball Cactus - Statement Plants

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Parodia mueller-melchersii - Pink Ball Cactus

A small cactus that definitely punches above its weight with those gorgeous spring flowers. An easy cactus to grow and highly rewarding.

Full sun to part shade

Drought tolerant

Well drained gritty soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • Parodia mueller-melchersii, formerly known as Parodia rutilans or Notocactus rutilans is a small, globose to shortly columnar cactus with gorgeous blooms in spring. It is an easy cactus to grow and makes a rewarding beginners plant with flowers appearing in the first year.

    It likes regular watering during the spring and summer growing season. Water sparingly in winter. It prefers a bright position that does not receive the full afternoon sun. It also prefers to be over-wintered under cover. Plant in a well draining cactus mix or compost with gravel or perlite added.


    Pink ball cactus, Rutilans Cactus
    Notocactus mueller-melchersii (basionym), Notocactus eugeniae, Notocactus gutierrezii, Notocactus roseiflorus, Notocactus rutilans, Notocactus veenianus, Notocactus winkleri, Parodia mammulosasubsp. eugeniae, Parodia mueller-melchersii subsp. mueller-melchersii, Parodia rutilans, Ritterocactus mammulosus subsp. eugeniae, Ritterocactus mueller-melchersii, Ritterocactus rutilans

    Plant height 5-10cm
    Plant width 5-10cm
    Habit Cluster forming
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Green to reddish globose stems with white to brown spines
    Flower Lavender to pink outside with a yellow centre
    Flowering time Spring to summer
    Toxicity Non toxic, but keep away from children and pets.