If you can grow cacti and succulents successfully, you can likely grow the popular Parodia without too much trouble. It’s key to remember, however, that Parodia doesn’t like direct sunlight and are accustomed to more water than many other cacti species. It’s imperative that the cactus is not exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. To encourage better flowering, allow the plants to enjoy a cooling period in the winter and dramatically cut back watering. Unlike other cacti species, however, you don’t need to stop watering entirely. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.
- Light: Parodia typically doesn’t like direct afternoon sunlight and should be in the partial shade through the hottest hours. They can take direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons.
- Water: Throughout the growing season (spring and summer) provide regular water to keep the potting soil lightly moist. In the winter, cut back watering and let the soil almost dry between waterings, but do not let it completely dry out.
- Soil: A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal.
- Fertilizer: During the growing season, fertilize with a cacti fertilizer mix. These respond especially well to fertilizer. Suspend feeding during the dormant winter period.