Acanthocereus tetragonus -Triangle Cactus

SKU: MYBG-CACT-ACAN-ACTR
filler
Rs.500
Pot size: 6"

Genus

Acanthocereus

Flower Color

White

Fragrance

Fragrant

Flowering Season

Summer

Size

Large

Maintenance

Low

With Pots

Yes

Sunlight Requirement

Outdoor Shade,Outdoor Sun

Water Requirement

Twice A Week

Use

Low Maintenance,Outdoor

Product Description

Acanthocereus tetragonus is a tall, columnar cactus . The flowers are showy and are white with a deep red and orange or red-orange center. The flowers bloom at night and close during the day.

Night Blooming Cereus

Family

Cactaceae

Native

North America

Description

Acanthocereus tetragonus is a tall, columnar cactus that reaches a height of 2–7 m. Stems are dark green, have three to five angles, and are 6–8 cm  in diameter. Areoles are grey and separated by 2–3 cm . Central areoles have one to two spines up to 4 cm  long, while radial areoles have six to eight spines up to 2.5 cm in length.

The flowers are 14–20 cm in diameter with a tube 8–15 cm in length, showy and are white with a deep red and orange or red-orange center. The flowers bloom at night and close during the day. This cactus blooms a few times a year for several weeks at a time, attracting hummingbird moths. The shiny, red fruits are around 5 cm  long.

Young stems of the Triangle Cactus can be eaten as a vegetable either cooked or raw, while the fruits are edible and sweet.

Environment

Like most cacti they're drought tolerant and need very little care and attention to grow well. Not enough sunlight and over-watering are common mistakes.

Plenty of sunshine will keep this cacti more than happy. In a glass room you may have to provide some shade during a hot summers day to prevent sunburn.

They should be fertilized during their growing season in the summer with a good oragnic fertilizer.

Landscape Uses

This cactus often forms thickets in coastal hammocks which can be impenetrable and spiny. Cultivated as an ornamental. 

The easiest to keep alive - Cactus thrive on neglect! Coming from desert climates cactus love sun! However beware of the Indian afternoon sun! Keeping them in extreme heat, especially behind a glass which magnifies the heat can cause the cactus to burn. If you notice the cactus turning brown or yellow on the side facing the sun, try giving it a cooler place to thrive in!

For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.

Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.

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