Cultivation and Propagation: Neobuxbaumia are of easy culture and can grow 15-20 cm a year. They are cold intolerant. Make sure they are not exposed to freezing temperatures ( Hardy to -2°C) or they may die. They need a well drained soil mix. It appreciates abundant water during the summer and, during its growing period but allow to dry fully before watering again, it is possible to add a fertilizer 6-6-18 from time to time. During the winter months they should be rather kept dry. Since they are rapid growers, they need plenty of space for their roots. Repotting should be done every other year, or when the plant has outgrown its pot. Sun Exposure: Light shade when young, full sun later. In mild climate they can be grown in rock gardens in full sun, in dry and sandy soils.
Propagation: Usually by Seeds (Seeds should be sown in a well-drained soil mix. Surface sowing is the best; seeds germinate in 14-28 days at 25° C, or from cuttings in spring (let them dry till the ends callous well). Then replant them in fresh cactus soil that is ever so slightly moist, and keep it that way till they root)
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Mid spring-late summer|
|Common Name||Crested cone cactus|
|Flower||Scarlet (dark red)|
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Hardiness Zone||9b to 11|
|Scientific Name||Neobuxbaumia polylopha cristata|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|
Healthy and happy!
This sweet looking cactus came in great condition! I really like how well it was packed for shipping. I will definitely be ordering more!
UPDATE 2 weeks later
After the first week this cactus rotted. I did not take it out of it's original pot or soil and did not water it. They were kind enough to send a replacement. I've had the replacement for a week and it too is starting to rot. I received several plants with this order and so far 4 of them have rotted. The ones that ended up rotting were soaked when I received them. I tried blowing a fan on them to dry out but it was too late. I don't think I'll buy any more plants from this company due to so many rotting within days after receiving them. Very disappointing.
We were not aware you had issues with 4 of your plants. We addressed this plant right away. The replacement was in transit longer than expected due to carrier delay, we apologize for that inconvenience but we did follow up to inquire how it arrived. I will email you now to resolve this for you. Thank you!
Very nice and healthy!
This crested cactus arrived very healthy and well packaged. Perfect! Big cactus for the price. I am very happy with my purchase and will buy from Plant Desert in the future. Happy customer here!
And appears to be very healthy. Looking forward to watching this one grow! Love the way Planet Desert takes such tremendous care with shipping.