Houseplant of the week: spiral cactus

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Why will I love it?
Cereus forbesii ‘Spiralis’ is “plant sculpture” at its finest, a naturally spiralling columnar and otherworldly looking cactus that will add an element of fun to a room.

Light or shade?
Bright light.

Where should I put it?
In front of a sunny window in your living room.

How do I keep it alive?
Like most cacti, it prefers dry roots. You can prevent root rot by using free-draining soil, placing it in a pot with a drainage hole, and allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings. In spring and summer, water weekly and use fertiliser every two to three weeks. In the autumn and winter, stop watering and feeding, and place your cactus in a cool position. Protect from low temperatures below 10C.

Did you know …
Almost all spiralled cacti sold worldwide are reputedly hybrid specimens that originate from the same mother plant discovered in Brazil in 1980 and then exported to Europe. Since then, propagation through cuttings has allowed this unique cactus to feature in collections all over the world.

July 15, 2022 at 03:42PM Gynelle Leon

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