Echinofossulocactus Zacatecasensis | Spiny Cactus Ball |

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus is a quite famous cactus due to its globular shape. 

They are native plants to Mexico. Succulents and cactus require an easy maintenance in general and Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis is the same.  

They are handy for beginners in succulent gardening  and they would be attractive potted plants once they grow to their fullest.

You can grow them with minimum supervision. If you are a succulent enthusiast  who is planning to start growing the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis, this article would be quite useful.

If you are interested in growing them, continue reading this article as I am going to cover the right care tips you should practice when looking after them.

Echinofossulocactus Zacatecasensis

How do I identify Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis?

As explained in the beginning of the article, Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus take a globular shape. 

They would carry densely packed, sharp, and wavy ribs. Additionally, you could spot them carrying brownish spines. 

The stem is solitary. They would be globose in shape and pale green in color. It would be 8-10 cm wide and tall. 

The young Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis will be having areolas which are covered with white felt.

To further elaborate on the spines, they would carry about 10-12 radial spines. They would be white and 8 -10mm in length. 

Those spines would be creamy white. Besides, this cactus has about three central spines which you could see in brown. 

In addition to these, Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus produce flowers in white or in a pink mid vein. 

Their  flowers would be 3-4 cm in width. Chances are that those flower tips would be lavender in color as well. You could identify the plants from their flowering activity during early spring.

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Growth rate

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus grow at a slow rate.

One look care guide

Botanical NameEchinofossulocactus zacatecasensis
Plant TypeCactus
Mature SizeMaximum height of 8-10cm
Sun ExposureDirect sunlight to light shade
Soil TypeWell draining
Soil pHNeutral
Bloom TimeEarly spring
Flower Colorwhite or in a pink mid vein
Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zones are 9-11.
Native AreaMexico
ToxicityNon toxic

How do you take care of  Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis?

Light Requirement

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis needs to have some direct sunlight as well as some light shade. They can survive well with morning direct sunlight. 

However, I suggest you not expose them to direct sunlight during intense summertime. Instead, grow them exposed under light shade.

Temperature and humidity

Warmer temperatures would go well with the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus. Having said that, they are somewhat cold hardy too.

Is it cold hardy?

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus are tolerant of cold to some extent.

USDA hardiness Zone

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus preferred USDA hardiness zones are 9-11.

Watering Requirement

Just like the other cactus and the succulents, Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis are quite responsive towards excess watering. 

Hence, watering them to sufficient levels is quite important when it comes to looking after them well. You need to let them dry between two watering sessions so that you can avoid over watering. 

Moreover, water them more in summer and less in winter. If you supply these plants with excess water during winter, it would create a greater chance for root rot. 

Echinofossulocactus Zacatecasensis

Soil Requirement Type / pH.

A soil mix which has an excellent drainage would be optimal for the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus’ vigorous growth

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Additionally ensure the selected soil mix is well aerating too. Good drainage and proper air circulation are two crucial factors which you need to consider when selecting a right soil mix for the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis.

When you select a well-draining soil mix, it will ensure that no excess moisture is retained in the potting medium. 

You can either make a soil mix on your own or simply purchase a cactus or succulent soil mix from your garden store and grow them in there.

Pot size Potting and Repotting

A porous material pot which has  a draining hole in the bottom would be healthy for the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis proper growth.  

Once you grow them in a porous pot, it will ensure that the excess moisture is evaporating in the pot faster.  Moreover, when you grow them in a pot which has a draining hole, it will allow the abundant water to drain.

When it comes to repotting the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus, I recommend doing it on a frequent basis. 

You could simply take the plants out of the pots and grow them in a fresh soil mix. However, before you do that check whether your Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus is healthy and whether it has any rotten parts. 

If you can spot any rotten parts, you need to remove them and treat those cuttings with a fungicide.

Where to Plant

You can plant them in a spot where they can gain sufficient sunlight. Additionally, you need to go ahead with a potting medium which is well draining as aforesaid.

Fertilizer and time of year

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus growth  would be benefitted from cactus or succulent fertilizers. 

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Ideally you need to have a fertilizer which has a high potassium content to feed them. Further you should feed them in summer as summer is the active growing season for them. 

Having said that, if you have grown them in a fresh soil mix, you can skip feeding them. Once they keep growing in the soil mix for a longer period, the nutrients would be depleted. In that circumstance , you can consider feeding them.


Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis flowers would be  white or in a pink mid vein in color. Further their flower tips would be lavender in color too. They would usually bloom during early spring.


Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis are winter dormant plants.


These plants are not toxic to human or pets

Common bugs and illnesses

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus may come across diseases such as root rot. Unless they are strong contenders when it comes to resisting the pests’ attacks and the diseases. 

Excess watering would aid in creating root rot in these plants. Besides, it would make the plants more attractive for the other pests types.

Special Care tips

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus thrive with minimum care treatments. However, it is important that you conduct regular check ups on the plants. 

That  will allow you to identify if there are any early signs of any diseases. The earlier you identify the better it would be as it will help you to avoid any severe repercussions

How to propagate Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis.

You can use the seed propagation to make new plants. Besides you may use Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus offsets also for the propagation.


Trust , this article was useful for you and I hope you were able to gather information on growing the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus well.. Happy cultivating with the Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis cactus !

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