Totem Pole Cactus
Pachycereus schottii f. monstrosus is a spineless is a slow growing cactus. This trunkless cactus grows in tall columns which tend to branch out like a candelabra. The waxy stems can grow to be 15′ feet high. Each stem has between 5 and 9 ribs which are spaced widely. At the tip of each tall, mature stem, you will find approximately 20 long, gray bristles. Younger stems have 5 shorter, cone-shaped spines.
The occasional blooms are pink and open during the night They do not set seed but may produce edible red fruits.
Schottii monstrosus Cactus can tolerate a great deal of direct sun and high temperatures. It cannot tolerate long periods of cold weather. It can survive short spells of below-zero temperatures.
Totem pole cactus likes a porous, rich, sandy well draining soil. Every couple of years, in the springtime, repot with new soil. Be sure to use a container that provides ample drainage.
When growing as a potted plant, allow the potting mix to dry completely between waterings. Water from beneath using rainwater, filtered water, or bottled water.
In mid-spring, feed with a diluted all-purpose fertilizer or one formulated for cactus and succulents.
Usually these are outdoor plant, well suited to desert gardening and xeriscaping.