Melocactus matanzanus


A native to Cuba, the Melocactus matanzanus is an etraordinary cactus. When it reaches a certain age of maturity, the Melocactus grows a cephalium from its center. This structure is where the flower buds will form and bloom. The size of the cephalium can signify how old the plant is. It is also how the Melocactus gets its common name, 'Turks Cap'.

Please note: Every plant will vary in size, color and shape from the one pictured. Plant ships bare root. Soil included according to plant size.

Melocactus metanzanus is native to Cuba where it grows in gritty soils on hillsides with plenty of sun.


These cacti prefer lots of sun, at least 5 to 8 hours of direct sun daily. Indoors a south facing window is ideal. Outdoors place them where they will receive plenty of sun exposure, but protect them from intense, peak afternoon sun.


In the summer months, water only when the soil has dried out completely. Always err on the side of underwatering. They are built to withstand drought, and overwatering is one of the quickest ways to kill them. Water less in the winter months and only when there is a stretch of sunshine in the forecast.

Tula's Tip

The Melocactus only propogates by seed. The fruit that produces after flowering is edible! Fertilize: The Melocactus do not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil. Apply a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer monthly, diluted at half strength.


Medium fits into a 6" diameter grow pot. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.



Delivery Method

Nationwide shipping, NYC delivery and pickup available. Delivered Bare root