Ariocarpus fissuratus 'Godzilla'
Ariocarpus fissuratus 'Godzilla' is an odd slow-growing cactus that forms a star-shaped rosette of large, deltoid tubercles with a downy stripe down the middle. It can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The tubercles are thick and fleshy and have green and a coarsely rugose surface.
The flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, appear in fall, and last for 3 to 4 days.
Ariocarpus fissuratus 'Godzilla' is a Japanese cultivar of Ariocarpus fissuratus with several slightly different forms.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
You should plant your Ariocarpus in soil specifically formulated for cacti. You can buy a 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 a pot or a terrarium, is a bad idea for the same reason.
Ariocarpus need a lot of sunlight. However, in hot, dry areas, they can be damaged by excessive sunlight, so you should use a shade cloth to limit their sun or move them out of it during the hottest hours of the day. In more temperate areas, direct sunlight is fine.
These cacti 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Ariocarpus.
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