Columnar cacti with bright green stems, usually very long and branched, which tend to mean with the years. The plants grow erect at first, over the years they stretch considerably and bend, sometimes they tend to grow along supports, such as tree trunks, or they fall to the ground. They are real bushes; in summer they produce large greenish-white flowers, followed by round, fleshy, red fruits, covered with scales; the flesh is white and tender and is edible.
There are about twelve species of acanthocereus, all originating in Central America, widespread mainly in the undergrowth or among the vegetation of coastal dunes.
These cacti prefer very bright areas, but do not like the direct sun for too many hours a day, so they should be placed in semi-shaded places, which are affected by the sun only in the afternoon hours. They are afraid of the cold, therefore, in winter, they are to be placed in a temperate greenhouse or, in any case, in places where the temperature does not go below the 10-12 °C.
This genus is made up of fifty species of shrubs, flowering, which can reach two meters in height. Originally from the eastern side of the Andes, is a succulent plant to be grown in this area…. genus which includes 10-12 species of columnar cacti originating in Central America.
They are very long-lived and the centenarian specimens, in the wild, can reach remarkable dimensions, even close to the end of the …
Cactaceous very widespread in native cultivation of the arid areas of Mexico; the botanical name is echinocactus grusonii, and to the genus belong about ten species, all originating in the Ame… The Melocactus are cacti native to Central and South America; to the genus belong about thirty species, with globular stem, characterized by areoles with large arched thorns and a large number of …
Compared to many other cacti like a little more water, which should be administered regularly from March to October, while still letting the soil dry between one watering and another. In winter, drastically reduce the watering, up to suspend them completely in the coldest months, especially if the plant stays in unheated rooms. During the growing season, provide fertiliser for succulent plants dissolved in the water of the watering every 15-20 days.
The acanthocereus prefer very well drained, soft and sandy soils; use a special substrate for cacti mixed with small pieces of bark and leaf mould.
It can be done by seed, utilizing the countless small seeds contained in the pulp of the fruit. These plants can be propagated in a very effective way also by taking the apical portions of the stems which root easily, in fact, often the longer branches, falling down, touch the ground and root, giving origin to a new plant.
Cereo – Acanthocereus: Pests and diseases
these plants are afraid of waterlogging, which can cause root rot; sometimes they can be attacked by cochineals or red spiders
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