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Jasminocereus thouarsii (Candelabra Cactus)

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Scientific Name

Jasminocereus thouarsii (F. A. C. Weber) Backeb.

Common Names

Candelabra Cactus

Synonyms

Cereus thouarsii, (basionym), Jasminocereus thouarsii var. thouarsii, Jasminocereus howellii, Cereus sclerocarpus, Brachycereus thouarsii, Cereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus galapagensis, Jasminocereus sclerocarpus

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Browningieae
Genus: Jasminocereus

Description

Jasminocereus thouarsii is a columnar cactus that can grow up to 16.4 feet (5 m) tall. It has a tree-like form with a thick stem that usually separates into several branches. The branches are deeply ridged and bear clusters of long spines which may be white, yellow, reddish-brown, or black. The scientific name refers to its attractive, large, jasmine-like flowers that have white and yellow petals. The plum-sized fruits grow on the trunks and are bright red when ripe.

Jasminocereus thouarsii – Candelabra Cactus

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Like most cacti, Cereus are fairly low-maintenance and hardy. Ensure 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. Like all cacti, give them lots of direct sunlight, especially during the summer. Well-drained soil is best, and most Cereus plants 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.

Cereus cacti propagate quite easily from cuttings. Simply sever a branch and replant in moist, well-drained soil. It helps to allow the cut end dry out and harden before you replant it. This makes it easier for the new cactus to form roots. See more at How to Grow and Care for Cereus.

Origin

Native to Ecuador (Galapagos Islands).

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