Chamaecereus silvestrii f. cristata
Chamaecereus silvestrii f. cristata is a small plant, with the strange form of an intestine. It’s really appreciated for its strange appearance. Its piled up stems are pale green, sometimes, in the coolest periods, tinged in red, and covered by white, glassy spines. The plant with crested ones don’t blossom. This is a dwarf plant, it can reach a maximum height of 15 centimeters and a width of 30-40 centimeters. Flowers are of a bright orange-red, 5 centimeters in diameter.
The grafted Cactus are easy to grow and will form a large brain-like mounds with age. Watering during the active growing season (spring and summer); this will encourage steady growth, and prevent the large tubercles from becoming flabby.
Use very draining soil, water during the growth cycle. Echinopsis prefer a drying period between waterings, even to the point where they slightly wilt. Care should be taken to avoid wetting the bodies of these Cactus while they are in sunlight. A wet cactus in the sun light can cause sun burning which can lead to scars or even fungal infections and death. Need half sun.
The best way of watering is soak and dry method .
This is a beautiful specimen cactus for a large cactus or succulent garden. It can make an interesting plant for a large container and is a nice centerpiece for a warm, sunny courtyard. The plant does have a few spines so care should be taken in its location.
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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