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Cereus peruvians BLU FORM CRESTED 35Y

Cereus peruvians BLU FORM CRESTED 35Y

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Product Description

The Cereus peruvianus 'Crested' is a unique and visually striking variety of the Cereus peruvianus, commonly known as the Peruvian Apple Cactus. Here's a detailed description along with some cultivation tips:

Description

  • Form: The 'Crested' variety is characterized by its unusual, fan-like or wavy growth pattern, known as cristation. This crested form results from a mutation that causes the stem to grow in a flattened, ribbon-like, or wavy pattern rather than the typical cylindrical shape.
  • Size: It tends to grow more slowly and usually remains smaller than the standard columnar Cereus peruvianus. The size can vary but often reaches several feet in width and height over time.
  • Color and Texture: The skin of the cactus is typically bluish-green to green and has a waxy texture. It may have fewer spines compared to the standard form, and these spines are usually short and not overly sharp.
  • Flowers: Like other Cereus species, it may produce large, white flowers, but flowering is less common in crested forms. If it does flower, the blooms open at night and close by morning.

Cultivation Tips

  1. Light Requirements: Prefers full sun to partial shade. Good sunlight is essential for maintaining its unique shape and health.
  2. Soil Needs: Well-draining cactus mix is ideal. Ensure the soil allows for good water drainage to prevent root rot.
  3. Watering: Water moderately during the growing season (spring and summer) and reduce watering in winter. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
  4. Temperature and Climate: Prefers warm temperatures. It's somewhat cold tolerant but should be protected from frost.
  5. Fertilization: Feed with a cactus fertilizer during the growing season for best results.
  6. Propagation: Propagation of crested forms is usually done through cuttings. However, note that crested cuttings may revert to the normal growth form.
  7. Placement: Ideal as a striking indoor plant or as a part of a rock or cactus garden where its unique form can be showcased.
  8. Handling: While not as spiny as some cacti, it’s still advisable to handle with care to avoid pricks.

Unique Aspects

  • The crested form makes each plant unique, and its unusual shape can become a conversation piece.
  • Being a mutation, the crested form is relatively rare and sought after by cactus enthusiasts and collectors.

Cereus peruvianus 'Crested' requires similar care to other cacti but stands out for its distinctive appearance. It's an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a sculptural and unique element to their collection.

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