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Pachycereus schottii ‘Big Penis Cactus’

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Scientific Name

Pachycereus schottii ‘Big Penis Cactus’

Common Names

Big Penis Cactus

Synonyms

Lophocereus schottii ‘Big Penis Cactus’

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Pachycereeae
Genus: Pachycereus

Description

Pachycereus schottii ‘Big Penis Cactus’ is a controversial, monstrous cactus cultivar with variable, irregularly shaped rib-less stems. Stems are ascending, lightly pruinose, and also branch just from the base. Stems usually remain small less than 3.3 feet (1 m) tall. The stems mark quite badly with age, due to weathering and old age.

Pachycereus schottii 'Big Penis Cactus'

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How to Grow and Care

These extraordinarily low-maintenance plants can basically grow untouched for decades, so there’s really not a lot you need to worry about. Obviously it’s very important that they receive adequate sun and heat, and be careful around their spines. If grown in containers, make sure that they’re being repotted and that their soil isn’t too moist. Other than that, these plants are about as simple and hands-off as it gets.

Like most cacti and succulents, these plants propagate by cuttings. Sever a branch and replant in well-drained soil. Make sure as well to stand the cactus up in an empty container to let its ends heal off before you replant it; this will keep its stems shaped right, and cacti with dried ends form roots more easily after planting.

Inapplicable to most scenarios in which Pachycereus would be grown. If you do choose to cultivate a small specimen of Pachycereus pringlei in a container, repotting it can be helpful: if so, repot it as you would any other cactus, by removing it from the pot, cutting away any dead material from the roots, and replanting… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Pachycereus.

Origin

Garden origin.

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