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Cereus validus 'Spiralis' (Spiraled Cereus)

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Scientific Name

Cereus validus 'Spiralis'

Common Names

Spiraled Cereus, Twisted Cereus, Contorted Cereus

Synonyms

Cereus forbesii 'Spiralis'

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cereeae
Genus: Cereus

Description

Cereus validus 'Spiralis' is a rare, attractive form of Cereus validus. It is a spiral-growing cactus with numerous columnar stems that grow up to 16.5 feet (5 m) tall and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter. It bears short spines and flowers profusely during the summer. The flowers are white and followed by ornamental, red fruits.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Like most cacti, Cereus are fairly low-maintenance and hardy. Make sure they receive enough water without becoming waterlogged, especially during the summer and fertilize them for the best results. If the roots have become black or overly soft, the cactus could be experiencing root rot. Cut away the affected parts and replant them. Most gardeners interested in cacti should be able to cultivate these without much problem.

It may become necessary to repot your Cereus if it outgrows its container. If so, make sure the soil is dry and then remove the pot. Knock away old soil and prune away any rotted or dead roots, then replace it in a new pot and backfill with new soil. Make sure not to overwater cacti planted in new pots, as this can lead to root rot. It should be left dry for about a week and then watered lightly.

These cacti propagate quite easily from cuttings. Simply sever a branch and replant in moist, well-drained soil.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Cereus.

Origin

A few branches from the original plant were imported in Europe around 1980 for a very high price. The original clone was characterized by strong grey stems covered with a dense pruina coating and with short spines (also known as "short spined clone"), but nowadays almost all the plants on the trade are seed-grown hybrid specimens derived from cross-pollination with probably Cereus peruvianus or Cereus stenogonus. They are usually darker blue-green with longer spines.

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