• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Ferocactus fordii

Ford barrel cactus

Ford barrel cactus

© � RHS 1960

  • Other common names Ford barrel cactus

  • Genus Ferocactus are spherical to columnar cacti with prominent ribs bearing spiny areoles, the spines sometimes hooked, and funnel-shaped flowers in summer

  • Family Cactaceae / Cactaceae

  • Species F. fordii has a solitary, globose, grey-green, ribbed stem to 25cm diameter, with whitish radial spines and long, grey or red, flattened and twisted central spines. Flowers 4cm, funnel-shaped, purplish-pink


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline, Acid


  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light, with low humidity. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter

Propagation Propagate by seed sown at 10 - 20�C in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by mealybugs

Diseases Generally disease free

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