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Ariocarpus fissuratus ‘Godzilla’


Scientific Name

Ariocarpus fissuratus ‘Godzilla’

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Ariocarpus


Ariocarpus fissuratus ‘Godzilla’ is odd plant with strongly structured surface. It has been probably developed by Japanese growers from Ariocarpus fissuratus, and there are several slightly different types. The strongly structured surface and the deep color of the plants are typical, but greener or woollier plants are in the variation range of this cultivar. This cactus has a woolly crown, from which emerge (from October to November) bright pink-violet flowers up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Flowers last for 3 to 4 days.

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How to Grow and Care

You should plant your Ariocarpus in soil specifically formulated for cacti. You can buy cactus mix at your local nursery. Do not use generic soil mixes, because they will not provide enough aeration and drainage. Additionally, using a container without a hole, whether it is a pot or a terrarium, is a bad idea for the same reason.

Ariocarpus need a lot of sun. However, in hot, dry areas, they can be damaged by excessive sunlight, so you should either use a shadecloth to limit their sun, or move them out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. In more temperate areas, direct sunlight is fine. Ariocarpus plants prefer to be kept at room temperature or slightly lower, and in low humidity.

Water your Ariocarpus when it is dry, but then wait until the soil dries out completely to water it again. The amount of time this takes will vary depending on your climate, and the size of your pot if you use one. Remember, when dealing with any kind of cactus, watering too often is much worse than not watering enough. Do not water during winter… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Ariocarpus.


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