Echinofossulocactus multicostatus is a
vivid green rounded cactus with many
curved, tight, thin and wavy ribs.
The beautiful crested form is very rare in collection and highly priced.
there are some different clones this plant remain quite rare and
looked for by collectors.
Areoles & spines: There are only 2 or 3 areoles in each rib,
witch are covered with white felt in young plants, each has 6 to 9
radial spines, the upper ones are longer whit a central stout and flat
erected spine, while the lower ones are shorter and point downwards. The
spines are different lengths.
Flowers: The blooms are white with a violet to purple midvein in
It is a fairly easy plant to grow both grafted or in its own
roots. During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the
temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant. Furnish
good drainage and use a an open and free draining mineral compost that
allows therefore roots to breath. They like only a short winter's rest
and should be kept almost completely dry during the winter months, If
the soil is allowed to be dry for too long root loss could follow but
equally the same result would occur if the plants are both wet and cold.
From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be
increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full
Water regularly during the summer so long as the plant pot is allowed to
drain and not sit in a tray of water. During hot weather you may need to
water the plants more frequently so long as the plant is actively
growing. From late September watering should be reduced to force the
plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy, by October you should be
back in to the winter watering regime.
Need full sun avoiding only the harshest summer sun, if kept too dark
they may become overly lush and greener and could be prone to rotting
due to over watering.
Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed
in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently. Do not feed
the plants from September onwards as this can cause lush growth which
can be fatal during the darker cold months.
vegetative propagation grafting or stem cuttings from adult plants.