Advanced Arid Exotics

North-West Sydney, NSW, Australia. Specialising in advanced, mature examples of Echinocactus Grusonil (Golden Balls)

Growing and Handling

  • Growing is easy if our advice is followed. Suggestions and written instructions can be given on purchasing regarding re-planting, watering, soil mixture, light positioning etc to ensure continued strong growth and attractive form.
  • On-Site advice can be given for small to large plantings if desired either on specific plants or for a diverse succulent garden display.
  • Plants can be purchased directly from our nursery or dispatched as required.
  • We sell at wholesale prices and can arrange delivery and advice on cultivation, landscaping and planting, depending on circumstances.

 

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Mixed cactus planting with Golden Balls
Mixed cactus planting with Golden Balls

Advantages In Cultivation

  • Like Bonsi, the 'Barrel Catsus' is a true heirloom plant that appreciates with age
  • Can be easily relocated without disturbing the form of the plant
  • Will thrive in pot cultivation until bigger than the container
  • Suited to open bed planting as singular focus plants or en-masse dramatic display
  • Easy to weed as they are resistant to ‘Roundup’ type weed killers
  • Soft non-invasive roots resist damage to architectural or landscaping structures
  • Attractive compact circular forms remain consistently beautiful all year
  • Variety in display with central wool, spines, flowers and seed pods
  • Long flowering time with daylight open buds opening throughout summer
  • Very slow growth rate ensures stability of display and low maintenance
  • Our selected varieties are frost and full sun resistant
  • Can go for 6 months in non growth period without watering or any care
  • Can be used inside as an accent plant for many weeks at a time
  • Complements modern architecture with planular surfaces and strong colours
  • Features well in raised beds and in sandstone, gravel and pebble gardens
  • Ideal accent plants in succulent gardens or with tall cacti
  • Non messy as they shed no bark, limbs, fruit, thorns or flowers
  • Resistant to rotting and sap sucking pests as they become more mature
  • Thick skin and spines resist impact damage and attack from birds and rodents
  • Low watering and feeding needs allow owners extended absence
  • Spines are not hooked like roses or hidden as in many climbers
  • Resistant to salty air and humidity unlike many cacti
  • Not prone to vandal attack as they are self protective
  • Ideal for security areas such as under windows.
  • Excellent for apartment balconies in hot, exposed areas.
  • Superbly suited to roof top gardens and glass sun rooms
  • Allergy free and non poisonous.

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Golden Balls blend easily with ground succulants
Golden Balls blend easily with ground succulants

Typical crown of flowers that continues for months on more mature plants
Typical crown of flowers that continues for months on more mature plants

* Note

Now that water is becoming an important issue in gardens, did you know that most cacti require little or no watering, other than that provided by nature? They are as close as one can get to a maintenance free garden.

Dramatic patio or garden effects can be achieved in raised beds or containers
Dramatic patio or garden effects can be achieved in raised beds or containers

Any surface can be turned into a unique easily maintained garden area.
Any surface can be turned into a unique easily maintained garden area.

Plants present no problems to pathways and can be tightly packed for dramatic impact
Plants present no problems to pathways and can be tightly packed for dramatic impact

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