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Parodia is a genus of South American cacti known for their globular to columnar shapes and vibrant, showy flowers. These cacti, often referred to as ball cacti or Notocactus, boast a wide range of species with varied sizes and colours. Parodia species are particularly appreciated for their ribbed, spherical shapes and the rings of colourful flowers they produce at the tops of their stems, which can be yellow, red, orange, or pink. The flowers emerge in spring or summer, adding a spectacular splash of colour against the green to bluish-green, sometimes even golden spiny bodies. These plants are relatively small, making them excellent choices for indoor collections.

Where do I come from?

I am native to South America.


Parodia cacti enjoy bright light and should be placed in a location where they can receive full sun for most of the day. If grown indoors, a south-facing window is often ideal to ensure they get enough sunlight.


Use a well-draining cactus mix, which you can buy or make by mixing potting soil with sand and perlite. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.


Water these cacti moderately during the growing season when the soil has completely dried out. In the winter, reduce watering significantly to a minimum, as the plant enters a dormant period.


Parodia cacti prefer warmer temperatures but can withstand cooler temperatures during their dormant winter period.


Apply a fertiliser once or twice during the growing season to support growth and flowering. Do not fertilise during the dormant season.


Repot your Parodia cacti every few years in the spring, when they outgrow their pots. This is also a good opportunity to refresh the soil and inspect the roots for signs of rot.


Pruning is not necessary for Parodia cacti, except for the removal of any dead or damaged spines or parts of the plant.

Pests and Diseases

Watch for pests such as mealybugs and spider mites. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Over-watering and poor drainage are the primary concerns and can lead to root rot, so ensure your watering practices and soil mix are appropriate.

Am I Pet Friendly? 

Unfortunately I am NOT pet friendly.

What size am I?

I am in a 8cm pot.