Myrtillocactus cochal (Orcutt) Britton & Rose
Cochal, Candelabra Cactus
Cereus cochal, Myrtillocactus geometrizans var. cochal, Cereus geometrizans var. cochal, Cereus geometrizans f. cochal
Myrtillocactus cochal is a large sprawling tree-like cactus with multiple dark green branches with a very woody trunk once older. It grows up to 10 feet (3 m) tall and almost as wide. The branches have 6 to 8 ribs, and 1 central and 5 shorter radial spines per areole. Flowers are pale green, funnel-shaped, and appear in late spring through early summer. They open during the day and stay open thru the night. After flowering, edible, slightly acidic, globular, red-purplish fruits appear.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
They are semi-hardy, make sure that your Myrtillocactus are not exposed to temperatures below 25 °F (-4 °C), or they may die. Nevertheless, it is good advice never to let the nighttime temperatures fall below 50 °F (10 °C). In the summer, place Myrtillocactus in the sunshine (indoors or outdoors). In the winter, find a cooler, light spot. That will allow it to go into next spring well-rested, which will make it more likely to flower. This easy-care plant doesn't want a lot of water. Allow the soil to dry out before you give it another drink. Keep the soil completely dry in winter. Treat it to special cactus food once a month in the spring and summer.
If the plant needs repotting, use a fairly impoverished soil specially designed for cacti. By seed or cutting (allow the cut surface to dry out for 2-3 weeks before placing in an open rooting media).
See more at How to Grow and Care for Myrtillocactus.
This species is native to the Baja California peninsula of Mexico.
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