The name Pediocactus derives from the Greek word "pedion", which means "plain", due to the habitat, where it grows (Great Plains of the United States). They are also known as “pincushion cactus”, due to their stiff spines, that cover them. Plants of this genus are usually small and solitary, with small spines. In summer, they bloom with beautiful red, pink and yellow flowers. Pediocactus is a cold-resistant genus, ideal for making your garden even more special. Pediocactus is more difficult to cultivate than other cacti, due to its susceptibility to rot. Mexican species are generally more robust than those developed further north. Here are some simple tips for its proper care and cultivation: It needs to be placed in a well-ventilated area and bright enough to allow it to benefit from full sun exposure during all seasons. It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures that should never go below 2 °c, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it properly during the winter period. It should be watered in moderation, making sure each time that the soil is dry between one watering and the next. It is sufficient to water your Pediocactus once a week in spring and summer, with a monthly reduction in autumn. Stop watering completely in winter. We recommend a well-draining soil as optimal, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice. These plants do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute a specific fertilizer with watering once a year.