It needs a lot of light to develop its typical spine. Protect in the shade during the hottest hours of summer.
The lowest temperature (ºC) supported by this cactus is on average:: -2
Let dry between waterings. During hot weather, you may need to water your plants more often as long as the plant is actively growing. Avoid watering in winter.
Mealybugs, scaly insects and mites.
It grows well in rich, well-drained soil, such as clay, pumice, lava sand, and only a little peat or leaf mold, but it is not picky about the soil.