Golden Star Cactus Plant
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Succulent and cacti plants are an exceptionally popular option for those wishing to garden, yet do not have an allocated growing space.

Regardless of the growing region, these types of plants grow well when requirements for light and water are met indoors. Adding houseplants to your space not only adds color but enhances the overall décor of the home.

A rather diminutive cactus, Golden Star plant (Parodia nivosa), is an especially good candidate for small pots and containers.

What is Golden Star Parodia?

Also known as Golden Star Parodia, this small cactus is native to the highlands of South America. The solitary cactus reaches heights of only 6 inches (15 cm.) tall at maturity.

Golden Star Parodia makes for a visually interesting houseplant addition with white, prickly spines. Growers of this cactus are also rewarded with a comparatively large mass of flower blooms in the spring, which range in color from yellow-orange to vibrant red tones.

How to Grow a Golden Star Cactus

Like many cacti plants, even novice growers should be able to grow Golden Star plant with ease. First, gardeners will need to locate a source for the plant. Buying from a reputable garden center or nursery will ensure that the cactus is disease-free and true to type.

If needed, carefully transplant the cactus to a larger pot using a potting mix specifically formulated for cacti and succulent plants. This is imperative, as it will ensure adequate drainage needed to keep the plant healthy.

Place the container in a window where the cactus is able to receive bright sunlight.

Beyond planting, Golden Star cactus care is minimal. Many indoor growers establish routines of fertilization which occur once every 6 weeks as needed.

Due to its ability to thrive in low water conditions, it will be important to only water Golden Star plant sparingly. Cactus plant growing medium should be allowed to dry completely between watering. Reduced watering in winter will be crucial in helping to maintain the plant throughout the cooler months.

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel