Columnar cactus with bright green stems, usually very long and branched, which tend to lignify over the years. The plants first grow erect, over the years they become considerably bending, sometimes they tend to grow along with supports, such as tree trunks, or fall to the ground. They constitute real bushes; in summer they produce large greenish-white flowers, followed by round, fleshy red fruits.
origin and types:
Plant native to Mexico, southwest of the USA, but also from the Caribbean, Central, and South America. There are about 12 species of Acanthocereus, widespread especially in the undergrowth or among the vegetation of the coastal dunes. The fruit of this plant is covered with white and tender pulp and is edible.
how to care Acanthocereus tetragonus “Fairy Castle Cactus”
It occurs in the summer.
These plants prefer very bright locations, but not in direct sunlight, the ideal is to place them in semi-shady areas, which are reached by the sun only in the afternoon.
Water regularly in the summer, allowing the soil to dry completely between watering. In winter, drastically decrease interventions, until they are completely suspended in the colder months. Avoid the dreaded water stagnation.
They are very afraid of the cold, therefore in winter, they should be placed in a tempered greenhouse or in places where the temperature does not drop below 10-12 ° C.
how to Propagate Acanthocereus tetragonus “Fairy Castle Cactus”
can be done by stem cutting or seeds
you have to use a sharp knife then remove a stem from the main plant, next step requires leaving the cut numb for a few days before placing it on well-drained soil.
It can be done from the seeds of its fruit, although this is not recommended because it is such a slow producer.
Sow your seeds in well-drained soil. You can grow seeds outdoors if you live in an area above 20 F. If you live in a cooler area, you can plant indoors under a growing light or on a seed mat.
every 15-20 days administer fertilizer for succulents diluted with the watering water.
They prefer soft, sandy, and very well-drained soils; use a special substrate for cacti mixed with small pieces of bark and leaf compost. It is multiplied by seed, using the small seeds contained in the fruit pulp. They can also be propagated by apical cuttings taken from the stems that easily root, in fact often the longest branches, falling, touch the ground and root giving rise to a new plant.