Question: what vase is needed?
I have an echinocactus, in what vessel can I plant it to make it look more beautiful?
Answer: what vase is needed?
echinocactus are cactaceae widespread in nature in Mexico, in semi-desert places, characterized by a sandy and stony soil, very loose and well-drained; a vase suitable for a grusone could be one with a color similar to the soil that you can find in Mexico, then in light terracotta; or you can choose a colored earthenware vase, similar in color to the skin of the cactus, so of a beautiful bright green, obviously colored but not glazed terracotta, because for these plants it is more suitable a container with porous walls, which allow the soil in them content to dry quickly; Therefore it avoids plastic or resin pots, and enamelled or metal ones; the terracotta vases, on the other hand, are excellent, especially if they are very smooth and not very porous on the inside, so that they prevent the roots from developing and sticking to the inside of the vase, and therefore do not risk ruining them at the time of repotting. The root system of these plants does not have a very wide development, more than anything a thick and fleshy taproot develops, and a few lateral radicles; for this reason, low bowls are preferred, so that the plant does not have a large quantity of soil around its roots. For the same reason, we avoid much larger pots than the plant, and therefore we choose a container with a diameter of a couple of centimeters greater than the plant. This is because most of the cacti grown "in captivity" seem to prefer life in little land, where they do not have large spaces, and grow much better in small pots. So in my opinion a grusone is fine in a wide and low bowl, of light, smooth and compact terracotta; then it is clear that it depends on your tastes, on the market you can now find terracotta of all colors, even gray or pink or black; there are also very decorated vases, with thick walls, sometimes sold at very high prices; if your cactus is small, consider that every couple of years you will have to repot it, and often you will have to change the vase, so it is not entirely convenient to choose a very expensive "important" vase. If instead your plant is already very large, you can also think of a more important vase, where it will spend the rest of its days. For repotting, choose a very porous and draining soil, which you can also prepare by mixing a part of universal soil, with an equal amount of sand or pumice stone and an equal quantity of small-grain expanded clay. In this way, the soil will be very well permeable by water and you will avoid stagnation. Immediately after repotting, avoid watering your scallop for at least 5-7 days.