Cereus insularis Hemsl.
Cereus ridleii, Monvillea insularis
Native to Brazil (Pernambuco).
Cereus insularis is a cactus with many green, erect or trailing stems with 6 to 8 straight ribs. The stems are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and have gray areoles with 12 to 15 brownish-yellow or grayish-brown, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long spines. Nocturnal flowers are yellow, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, and appear in summer.
The specific epithet "insularis" derives from a Latin word meaning "of an island" and refers to the location of the type specimen.
How to Grow and Care for Cereus insularis
Light: Cereus cacti like full sun. They can handle partial shade but thrives during the summer in direct sunlight. Sunny south, east, or west window is a good spot to grow a Cereus indoors.
Soil: These cacti do not like to have "wet feet" and need to be grown in well-draining soil. Use commercial soil mixes for cacti and succulents or make your own potting mix.
Hardiness: Cereus insularis can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b.
Watering: From spring to fall, during the active growth period water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out before watering again. With the arrival of fall, gradually reduce the watering frequency.
Fertilizing: During their growing season, Cereus cacti like regular fertilizing. A balanced, water-soluble fertilizer, which has been diluted to 1/4 strength, can be added to the water for each watering. Do not feed during the winter.
Repotting: While Cereus cacti are young, it is recommended to repot each year in early spring to provide them with fresh soil, inspect the root system, and move them to larger pots if necessary.
Propagation: Using stem cuttings is the easiest method to propagate Cereus because seed propagation is a slow process.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Cereus.
Toxicity of Cereus insularis
Cereus cacti are non-toxic to humans or animals.
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