+ Comes in a 6" plastic container.
Cleistocactus derives from the Greek word kleistos meaning "closed" because the flowers hardly open.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Cactaceae / Cleistocactus
Cleistocactus Hyalacanthus / Silver Torch Cactus
3-4 feet in height / 2-3 feet spread
If planting outdoors or leaving your container outside, this cactus survives in Zone 9a-11b. While this cactus can tolerate temperatures as low as 12 degrees F, it really should be taken indoors once the temperatures start going below 50 degrees F.
Water well in the summer hot months, but allow the soil to dry out during waterings. Fertilizer monthly during the growing months. During the wintertime, keep the cactus dry with minimal waterings.
Cactus mix or blend of sand, perlite, and topsoil is great for this cactus. Preferred pot method is a terra-cotta or unglazed pot so that it can wick away any access moisture. They like their soil on the dry side.
DOES IT FLOWER?
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
None that are known
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. Most cacti can either be grown from seeds or cuttings. Seeds take a very long time, so if you want to propagate quickly use cuttings. The cuttings need to form a callus before replanting, so let it dry out for a couple of days. coat this in rooting powder, and then place into soilless medium (such as sand or perlite), until the cutting has rooted, which can take a couple of weeks, do not water during this time. After roots have formed, you can transplant into cactus soil mixture and water.
Too much water can lead to root rot / Common pests: Mealy, Scale, and flying pests that like to hide within the hair.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.