- Light: Bright light with ample airflow.
- Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering.
- Soil: Porous soil with excellent drainage
Melocactus matanzanus is a small cactus featuring a globose, bright green stem with rounded ribs and brownish-gray or white spines. It produces a dense mass of areoles covered with white wool and reddish-brown bristles at the stem's tip.