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Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei
Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei

Looking for a unique and striking addition to your cactus collection? Look no further than the 'Pachycereus pringlei' - also known as the Mexican giant cactus, Elephant cactus, or  False Saguaro. With its columnar shape with a single trunk is sure to turn heads and add drama to any space.  

Pachyrereus pringlei is the tallest cactus known to man, with a remarkable 60 feet height and a robust, thick trunk that can have a diameter of up to one meter. This thick and large columnar cactus is native to Mexico. 

The most spectacular feature is its white bell-shaped flowers that bloom only for one day in the late afternoon and remain open until noon the next day. But don't be intimidated by its bold appearance - this Mexican giant cactus plant is easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of environments.  

Keep reading to learn more about this stunning variety of Pachycereus plants and how you can incorporate it into your own home or garden. 

Watering Needs 

Desert plants like the mexican giant cardon cacti are adapted to survive in harsh hot environments, storing water in their stems and trunks for months at a time.  During summer, you should water them every 2-3 weeks or when the soil is dry. In winter, you may not need to water them at all. 

Cactus, on the other hand, can go months without water and not die. However, if there is a severe drought or you forget to water them for over a month during the summer then it can lead to discoloration and a shriveling look as it consumes more of the water in its interior.  When you water them, take care not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot and fungal infections. 

Light Requirements 

Providing enough light for these desert cacti is one of the most important aspects of their care. It is important to grow the cardon cactus plant in areas that receive at least 4-6 hours of bright, direct light every day to keep them happy.  

If indoors, place your cactus directly in front of a west- or south-facing window. If they don't receive enough light, their stems may grow leggy and become paler, and their spines will shorten, so make your cactus happy and give it plenty of light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

These false saguaro cardon plants favor very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, remember that less is more. A small amount of natural or organic fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using organic fertilizers also ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

As desert dwellers, the Mexican giant cardon cactus enjoys hot temperatures. They prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand triple digits in the summer, so don't be concerned if your cactus becomes overheated. The Mexican giant cactus, on the other hand, cannot handle frost, cold, or freezing temperatures, so make sure it doesn't get below 25 degrees Fahrenheit in its environment.  

If grown outdoors, these cacti grow best in USDA zone 9 - 11. In cooler zones, it can be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Pachycereus pringleiMexican giant cactus, today! 

Traditional & Medicinal uses of Pachycereus Pringlei 

Pachycereus Pringlei was once harvested as a food source, with a molasses flavor and medicinal benefits. The seeds of cordon cactus are edible, highly nutritious, and Plants have been used in traditional medicine. The stems contained alkaloids and were known to be psychoactive in Mexico. 

Please consult with a healthcare expert before consuming this plant as the proper dosage is unknown. 

Bloom Season Late Spring early summer
Bloom Season Mayjune
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Pachycereus pringlei
Botanical Name Pachycereus pringleite
Common Name Elephant Cactus, False Saguaro, Mexican Giant Cardon
Common Name False Saguaro Cardon , the Mexican Giant Cardon, Elephant Cactus
Common Name Mexican giant cardon
Common Name Mexican giant cardon cactus, False Saguaro, elephant cactus
Dormancy Summer
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Whit, pinkish
Flower Color White
Genus Pachycereus
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Habit Columnar cactus
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 10 11 (USDA)
Hardiness Zone 10a to 11b
Hardiness Zone 9 11(USDA)
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 10 metres (30 ft)
Mature Size 18 in. tall
Mature Size 40 ft. tall
Mature Size 60 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Mexico
Native Area Northwestern Mexico
Native Area Sonora desert, Mexico
Native Area Sonora mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Plant Type Perennial cacti, Tree
Plant Type Perennial cactus
Propagation By cuttings
Propagation By cuttings, divisions
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance 20°f
Resistance Drought resistance, cold resistance, deer resistance
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistant, mild frost tolerant
Resistance Drought tolerant, pests resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Soil Type specialized cactus potting soil
Special Features Funnelshaped flowers
Special Features Hundreds of years lifespan
Special Features One of the largest cacti, easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, pets(Keep away from children)
Toxicity Safe for humans, safe for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of the Mexican Giant Cactus

The Mexican giant cactus is a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. Mealybugs and scale insects are the most common pests, and they can cause white patches or brown spots on the body, respectively.

Don't be worried if you find any of these pests on your Mexican giant cactus. They can be eliminated with ease.  

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

The most common problems are:  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.  

Leggy Growth: If you start noticing that your plant is growing leggy, simply move it to a bright area because this is a sign that there isn't enough light. 

Mexican Giant Cactus FAQs

How tall can a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus grow? 

Mexican giant cactus (Pachycereus pringlei) is the largest cactus species in the world. It can grow up to 60 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of up to 3 feet. The cactus has a columnar shape, with branches that grow out from the main trunk.  

How fast does a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus grow? 

Mexican giant cactus (Pachycereus pringlei) is a slow-growing plant, and its growth rate can be affected by various factors such as soil quality, water availability, and temperature. In ideal growing conditions, the cactus can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) per year.  

However, in less favorable conditions, its growth rate can be much slower. The cactus grows tall and straight, with branches that grow out from the main trunk. It can take many years for the cactus to reach its full height of up to 60 feet.  

How much water does a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus need? 

Mexican giant cactus is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive in arid regions with little rainfall. It prefers well-drained soil and avoids being overwatered. During the growing season (spring and summer), it is recommended to water the cactus deeply once every 2-3 weeks to ensure that the roots get enough moisture.  

In the winter, when the cactus is dormant, it requires less water, and it is recommended to reduce watering frequency. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems, so it is important to be careful not to water the cactus too much.  

Can Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus be grown indoors? 

Pachycereus pringlei,(Mexican giant cardon cactus), can be grown indoors if you have a large enough space to accommodate its size. It can grow up to 60 feet tall in the wild, but it will not reach this height when grown indoors. However, it still requires a lot of space to grow and needs bright, direct sunlight to thrive.  

If you're unable to provide it with enough sunlight, you can supplement its light with grow lights. Additionally, it's important to ensure that the soil is well-drained and that you don't overwater the plant, as it can be susceptible to root rot. For these reasons, Mexican giant cactus is best grown outdoors in a sunny, dry location in USDA zone 9-11.  

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Exceeded expectations!

Senor Cardon arrived early and is very healthy. It is much larger than I expected and looks like a seedling rather than a cutting, which makes for a lovely shape. I love the convenience and the guarantee that Planet Desert will send me a well-cared-for plant. Here is a class picture of this cohort

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Arrived in perfect condition, and is exactly the same as in the photo.

Giant Cardon or False Saguaro - Pachycereus pringlei

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Looking for a unique and striking addition to your cactus collection? Look no further than the 'Pachycereus pringlei' - also known as the Mexican giant cactus, Elephant cactus, or  False Saguaro. With its columnar shape with a single trunk is sure to turn heads and add drama to any space.  

Pachyrereus pringlei is the tallest cactus known to man, with a remarkable 60 feet height and a robust, thick trunk that can have a diameter of up to one meter. This thick and large columnar cactus is native to Mexico. 

The most spectacular feature is its white bell-shaped flowers that bloom only for one day in the late afternoon and remain open until noon the next day. But don't be intimidated by its bold appearance - this Mexican giant cactus plant is easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of environments.  

Keep reading to learn more about this stunning variety of Pachycereus plants and how you can incorporate it into your own home or garden. 

Watering Needs 

Desert plants like the mexican giant cardon cacti are adapted to survive in harsh hot environments, storing water in their stems and trunks for months at a time.  During summer, you should water them every 2-3 weeks or when the soil is dry. In winter, you may not need to water them at all. 

Cactus, on the other hand, can go months without water and not die. However, if there is a severe drought or you forget to water them for over a month during the summer then it can lead to discoloration and a shriveling look as it consumes more of the water in its interior.  When you water them, take care not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot and fungal infections. 

Light Requirements 

Providing enough light for these desert cacti is one of the most important aspects of their care. It is important to grow the cardon cactus plant in areas that receive at least 4-6 hours of bright, direct light every day to keep them happy.  

If indoors, place your cactus directly in front of a west- or south-facing window. If they don't receive enough light, their stems may grow leggy and become paler, and their spines will shorten, so make your cactus happy and give it plenty of light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

These false saguaro cardon plants favor very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and, most likely, root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally, use our specialized potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing, remember that less is more. A small amount of natural or organic fertilizer once a year in spring will do wonders for your plant's health and growth. Using organic fertilizers also ensures that other beneficial compounds and microbes are added to the soil without the use of harsh chemicals. Show your succulent some love with awesome natural fertilizer and watch it thrive. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

As desert dwellers, the Mexican giant cardon cactus enjoys hot temperatures. They prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and can withstand triple digits in the summer, so don't be concerned if your cactus becomes overheated. The Mexican giant cactus, on the other hand, cannot handle frost, cold, or freezing temperatures, so make sure it doesn't get below 25 degrees Fahrenheit in its environment.  

If grown outdoors, these cacti grow best in USDA zone 9 - 11. In cooler zones, it can be kept outdoors during the summer and brought in as the temperature drops. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Pachycereus pringleiMexican giant cactus, today! 

Traditional & Medicinal uses of Pachycereus Pringlei 

Pachycereus Pringlei was once harvested as a food source, with a molasses flavor and medicinal benefits. The seeds of cordon cactus are edible, highly nutritious, and Plants have been used in traditional medicine. The stems contained alkaloids and were known to be psychoactive in Mexico. 

Please consult with a healthcare expert before consuming this plant as the proper dosage is unknown. 

Bloom Season Late Spring early summer
Bloom Season Mayjune
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Pachycereus pringlei
Botanical Name Pachycereus pringleite
Common Name Elephant Cactus, False Saguaro, Mexican Giant Cardon
Common Name False Saguaro Cardon , the Mexican Giant Cardon, Elephant Cactus
Common Name Mexican giant cardon
Common Name Mexican giant cardon cactus, False Saguaro, elephant cactus
Dormancy Summer
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Whit, pinkish
Flower Color White
Genus Pachycereus
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Habit Columnar cactus
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 10 11 (USDA)
Hardiness Zone 10a to 11b
Hardiness Zone 9 11(USDA)
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 10 metres (30 ft)
Mature Size 18 in. tall
Mature Size 40 ft. tall
Mature Size 60 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide
Native Area Mexico
Native Area Northwestern Mexico
Native Area Sonora desert, Mexico
Native Area Sonora mexico
Plant Type Cactus
Plant Type Perennial cacti, Tree
Plant Type Perennial cactus
Propagation By cuttings
Propagation By cuttings, divisions
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance 20°f
Resistance Drought resistance, cold resistance, deer resistance
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistant, mild frost tolerant
Resistance Drought tolerant, pests resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Soil Type specialized cactus potting soil
Special Features Funnelshaped flowers
Special Features Hundreds of years lifespan
Special Features One of the largest cacti, easy to grow
Sun Exposure Full sun
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic to humans, pets(Keep away from children)
Toxicity Safe for humans, safe for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of the Mexican Giant Cactus

The Mexican giant cactus is a low-maintenance outdoor plant with few challenges. Mealybugs and scale insects are the most common pests, and they can cause white patches or brown spots on the body, respectively.

Don't be worried if you find any of these pests on your Mexican giant cactus. They can be eliminated with ease.  

For mealybugs: To get rid of them, simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Until they are gone, repeat this procedure every week.  

For scale insects: Using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove scale insects from the plant. 

The most common problems are:  

Root rot: Overwatering or too much moisture in the soil may be the cause of rot. If the plant exhibits stem or root rot, you must cut off the affected areas and let the plant fully dry out before replanting.  

Leggy Growth: If you start noticing that your plant is growing leggy, simply move it to a bright area because this is a sign that there isn't enough light. 

Mexican Giant Cactus FAQs

How tall can a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus grow? 

Mexican giant cactus (Pachycereus pringlei) is the largest cactus species in the world. It can grow up to 60 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of up to 3 feet. The cactus has a columnar shape, with branches that grow out from the main trunk.  

How fast does a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus grow? 

Mexican giant cactus (Pachycereus pringlei) is a slow-growing plant, and its growth rate can be affected by various factors such as soil quality, water availability, and temperature. In ideal growing conditions, the cactus can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) per year.  

However, in less favorable conditions, its growth rate can be much slower. The cactus grows tall and straight, with branches that grow out from the main trunk. It can take many years for the cactus to reach its full height of up to 60 feet.  

How much water does a Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus need? 

Mexican giant cactus is a drought-tolerant plant that can survive in arid regions with little rainfall. It prefers well-drained soil and avoids being overwatered. During the growing season (spring and summer), it is recommended to water the cactus deeply once every 2-3 weeks to ensure that the roots get enough moisture.  

In the winter, when the cactus is dormant, it requires less water, and it is recommended to reduce watering frequency. Overwatering can cause root rot and other problems, so it is important to be careful not to water the cactus too much.  

Can Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus be grown indoors? 

Pachycereus pringlei,(Mexican giant cardon cactus), can be grown indoors if you have a large enough space to accommodate its size. It can grow up to 60 feet tall in the wild, but it will not reach this height when grown indoors. However, it still requires a lot of space to grow and needs bright, direct sunlight to thrive.  

If you're unable to provide it with enough sunlight, you can supplement its light with grow lights. Additionally, it's important to ensure that the soil is well-drained and that you don't overwater the plant, as it can be susceptible to root rot. For these reasons, Mexican giant cactus is best grown outdoors in a sunny, dry location in USDA zone 9-11.  

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Love my cacti

This spikey little guy was in pristine condition when I got him, and shipping was very quick even with the pandemic craziness. I just love him and had a great buying experience

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JD
11/02/2020
Jenna D.
United States United States

I love her!! Thank you so much!!

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BH
02/15/2021
betsy h.
United States United States

Prickly

Very happy

FA
11/18/2021
Fusun A.
United States United States

Exceeded expectations!

Senor Cardon arrived early and is very healthy. It is much larger than I expected and looks like a seedling rather than a cutting, which makes for a lovely shape. I love the convenience and the guarantee that Planet Desert will send me a well-cared-for plant. Here is a class picture of this cohort

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HB
04/25/2020
H.l. Boyer

Arrived in perfect condition, and is exact...

Arrived in perfect condition, and is exactly the same as in the photo.

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