We went Lidl shopping yesterday and came back with this mother-in-laws pillow, Echinocactus grusonii. It is 20cm across and some of those spines are over 4cm long and sharp as needles! It is growing in a plastic pot that fits tightly into the earthenware 'goesunder'. I have looked up it's care on the internet but still have some questions of a more practical nature.
The compost should be only just moist - but how do I tell? I am not shoving a finger in there and I doubt that I can kid Mg into doing so either.
Advice is that the surface should not get wet, so how do we get any water into it, and the same with feeding it once a month? Should it really be in a normal clay pot with a hole in the bottom?
Finally, how the heck do we re-pot it? It will be worse than putting a pill down a cat's throat!
I am sure that someone on GoY is a cactus grower and can advise - please.
- 18 Jun, 2011