C. tunicata is a densely-branched shrub growing to 3 m wide. The easily-detached stems are 5 to 25 cm long by 1.5 to 2.5 cm wide. The areoles have 5 to 12 white to yellow spines which nearly obscure the stems. The specific epithet tunicata refers to the very large, loose spine sheaths. The flowers are greenish-yellow with yellow filaments, green to reddish styles, and greenish-yellow stigmas. The fruits are yellow or yellow-green, often reddish, and pulply. The fruits are sparsely-spined to spineless and are usually sterile.
A slow growing species,this plant needs regular watering during summers and should be kept dry during winters. A sun loving variety, it grows and glows better under full sun.
Usually these are outdoor plant, grass lands, landscapes.
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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