Crest Crested Elite Myrtillocactus geometrizans
(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
This is a crested form of the Myrtillocactus Geometrizans.
The standard Myrtillocactus geometrizans is a highly branched columnar candelabra like tree cactus that creates a dense growth of stems growing closely together. In nature grows up to 4.5 m tall, with the crown reaching up to 5 m in width..
Flowers: Rather smaller (2.5-3.7 cm) in relation to stem, greenish-white.
Blooming season: March. Starts blooming when it is about 60 cm tall.
Fruit: Very sweet, edible, dark red, oblong fruits 8-20 mm in diameter.
The crests are frequently grafted onto a normal a Myrtillocactus trunk but are easily grown on their own roots. Any normal shoots should be removed to promote the growth of the crest. This cactus tolerates exposure to full sun and generally welcomes moderate watering. They are semi-hardy. Make sure that your Myrtillocacti are not exposed to temperatures below -0°C, or they may die. Nevertheless, it is good advice never let the night-time temperature fall below 10°C. Water regularly in summer, but allow to dry fully before watering again. It needs a well-drained soil mix, with small gravel added to ensure drainage. During the winter months, plants should be rather kept dry, and water is restricted to only enough to keep the stems and branches from shriveling. Since they are big-sized plants need plenty of space for their roots, repotting should be done every other year, or when the plant has outgrown its pot. Exposure: Light shade when young, full sun later.
Propagation: Cuttings in summer (Cuttings will root only in hot weather. Cuttings must be kept very dry to root).
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz