It needs a lot of light to develop its typical spine, but different clones vary in their tolerance to full sunlight. When dormant, the plant is slightly cold tolerant. The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: -2
Water regularly throughout the summer whenever the pot is allowed to drain. It rots easily, avoid wetting the body. Let dry between waterings.
Mealybugs, scaly insects and mites. Watch out for rot if over-watered.
It grows well in rich, well-drained soil, such as clay, pumice, lava sand, and just a little bit of peat or mold, but is not demanding of the soil.