Echinocereus scheeri (Salm-Dyck) Scheer
Cereus salm-dyckianus, Cereus scheeri, Echinocereus rischeri, Echinocereus salmianus
Echinocereus scheeri is a cactus with green, spiny, cylindrical, prostrate or ascending stems that grow up to 28 inches (70 cm) long and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Flowers are red, purple, scarlet, pink, or salmon-orange, trumpet-shaped, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long, and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. They appear in spring on the sides of the stems from sharply pointed buds and can last for a week or more, remaining open at night and closing somewhat during the hottest part of the day. Fruits are oval, bright green with white pulp, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
If you can successfully grow other globular cactus, you can most likely grow Echinocereus well. One of the key factors in success with these is avoiding any hint of wet soil. Because their root systems are weak, they are especially prone to root rot, eventually killing your plant. Otherwise, they thrive on a program of strong, bright light, slight water, and a steady diet of light fertilizer. These cacti are vulnerable to mealybugs and aphids.
Echinocereus are slow-growing cacti that should only need repotting every other year or so. You can prolong the time to repotting by removing plantlets and potting them up in their own pots. When repotting a cactus, carefully remove it from its pot and knock away any clumped soil. These plants tend to be shallow-rooted with weak root systems, so take care not to damage their roots.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echinocereus.
This species is native to Mexico.
Subspecies, Varieties, and Cultivars
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