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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 spiral growing, columnar cactus. It is a rare form of Cereus validus. Variable in appearance, it bears short spines and flowers profusely during the summer. 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 plant on the trade are seed grown hybrid specimens derived from cross pollination with (presumably) Cereus peruvianus, they are usually a darker blue-green color with longer spines.

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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 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. Like all cacti, give them lots of direct sunlight, especially during the summer. Well-drained soil is best, and most Cereus perform well in a soil that contains some organic material. Some recommend avoiding a soil that contains sphagnum moss, though – it can make the cactus vulnerable to root rot.

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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Cereus.

Origin

Native to Brazil.

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