Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &
Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii &

Introducing the incredible Spiral Cactus or twisted cactus - also known as Cereus forbesii 'spiralis', is a vibrant member of the Cereus genus! This fast-growing cereus cactus is no ordinary plant! These low-maintenance cacti are attractive with multiple columnar stems that grow in an upright spiral form that later branches out, forming a magnificent 'Candelabra effect' from its base. Growing up to 16.5 feet tall and 5 inches in diameter. 

Just wait until you see their large funnelform flowers blossoming in late spring and early summer. These stunning waxy blooms open up only at night but linger no longer than 24 hours, giving them the nickname “Night blooming cereus” – talk about fleeting elegance! You'll be amazed by their dazzling pinkish-white to red-colored petals that will make your heart skip a beat or two.

These majestic night-blooming cereus originated all the way from Brazil back in the day. Around 1980, some brave souls took cuttings from the original cereus cactus and brought them over to Europe. Since then, these extraordinary night-blooming cacti have mesmerized people worldwide through seed breeding, cloning, and large purple fruits. For this reason, these are considered to be expensive cacti. 

Cereus forbesii is not toxic to humans and animals. Because spines are sharp, it is best to keep them out of the reach of pets and young children. But don't be intimidated by its bold appearance - this night-blooming cactus is easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of environments.  

Watering Needs 

Desert plants like spiral cactus are adapted to survive in harsh hot environments, storing water in their stems and trunks for months at a time.  During summer, you should only water them once every 2-3 weeks at the most.  Do not water them unless the soil is dry to a depth of 1-2 inches.  In winter, during dormant periods, you probably do not need to water them at all.   

On the other hand, if there is a severe drought or you forget to water them for over a couple of months 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 Cereus forbesii spiralis, the most important thing is to take care not to overwater them, as this can lead to root rot and fungal infections. 

Light Requirements 

The spiral cactus should be planted in full sun outdoors and needs a minimum of 5-6 hours of direct light daily. When grown indoors, place it in the sunniest place in your house. This night-blooming cereus may benefit from shade in consistently hot climates. It is ideal for growing this cactus in a west- or south-facing window. 

If you only have a north-facing window that never receives any sunlight, or if you are growing indoors away from windows, LED Plant Grow lights designed specifically for cereus plants can be used to replicate the natural full spectrum light and sunlight that these cacti require to grow and thrive. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The spiral cactus favors 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 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your night-blooming cereus cactus to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with a maximum ratio of 5-10-5 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage cereus plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your blooming cereus some love with some awesome organic fertilizer!  

Hardiness Zones & More 

The cereus species can't stand frost; therefore, it needs warm, dry conditions. A well-draining potting mix and drainage holes in the potting container will help you maintain temperatures and prevent too much moisture. They can therefore be cultivated outside of USDA Zone 10.  

The ideal temperature for spiral cactus is 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive moderate winter temperatures as long as the soil is not wet and the temperature does not drop below 35 degrees F. They ought to be overwintered indoors to prevent harm from freezing weather. 

It is best to protect these cacti from excessive heat because stems can scar and scab, and yellowing can occur unless adequate ventilation is provided and open windows and circulating fans are used in very hot, sunny weather. 

Add this unique Cereus forbesii spiralis large-spiral cactus to your collection, easy to grow, and can ship directly to your home. Don't miss out on this unique and convenient option. 

Bloom Season Late spring, early summer
Botanical Name Cereus spiralis
Common Name Spiral cactus, twisted cactus, night blooming cereus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color White
Genus Cereus
Growth Habit Columnar, Spiral
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 16 ft. tall, 5 in. wide
Native Area Brazil, Argentina
Plant Type Perennial Cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pests resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Night blooming cactus
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Spiral Cactus

Some common pests that can affect spiral cacti include mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. These pests can cause damage to the cereus cactus by feeding on its sap and weakening its overall health. Additionally, overwatering or improper drainage can lead to root rot in spiral cacti, which can be a common problem if not addressed promptly.

FAQs - Spiral Cactus Plant

Is spiral cactus rare? 

While the spiral cactus is a unique and interesting plant, it is not considered rare. It is commonly sold in nurseries and plant shops and is often available online. However, it's interesting spiral shape and striking appearance make it a popular choice among plant enthusiasts. 

How do you care for a spiral cactus? 

The spiral cactus requires bright sunlight for at least 5-6 hours daily and should be watered once for 2-3 weeks during the summer months when the weather is warmer. During the winter months, it requires less frequent watering. It's important to ensure that the soil is dry before watering again. 

The plant should be placed in well-drained soil and a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot. Plus, it can thrive both indoors and outdoors in USDA zones 10. Additionally, it should be fertilized once a month during the growing season. 

How big does cereus forbesii spiralis get? 

Cereus forbesii spiralis is a species of cactus that can grow up to 16 feet tall in its natural habitat. However, when grown indoors, it usually grows to be between 3-4 feet tall. The plant can also spread outwards and grow to be 2 to 3 feet wide. The plant's growth can be influenced by factors such as the amount of light it receives, the quality of the soil, and the frequency of watering. 

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Spiral Cactus - Cereus forbesii 'spiralis

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Please note: Our large plants are many years old, and as a result, they might have minor scaring but will arrive 100% healthy and looking great.

Please note: Our large plants are shipped bare root. They are also many years old, and as a result, they might have minor scaring but will arrive healthy and looking great.

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Depending on the species and season, you will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase.

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Introducing the incredible Spiral Cactus or twisted cactus - also known as Cereus forbesii 'spiralis', is a vibrant member of the Cereus genus! This fast-growing cereus cactus is no ordinary plant! These low-maintenance cacti are attractive with multiple columnar stems that grow in an upright spiral form that later branches out, forming a magnificent 'Candelabra effect' from its base. Growing up to 16.5 feet tall and 5 inches in diameter. 

Just wait until you see their large funnelform flowers blossoming in late spring and early summer. These stunning waxy blooms open up only at night but linger no longer than 24 hours, giving them the nickname “Night blooming cereus” – talk about fleeting elegance! You'll be amazed by their dazzling pinkish-white to red-colored petals that will make your heart skip a beat or two.

These majestic night-blooming cereus originated all the way from Brazil back in the day. Around 1980, some brave souls took cuttings from the original cereus cactus and brought them over to Europe. Since then, these extraordinary night-blooming cacti have mesmerized people worldwide through seed breeding, cloning, and large purple fruits. For this reason, these are considered to be expensive cacti. 

Cereus forbesii is not toxic to humans and animals. Because spines are sharp, it is best to keep them out of the reach of pets and young children. But don't be intimidated by its bold appearance - this night-blooming cactus is easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of environments.  

Watering Needs 

Desert plants like spiral cactus are adapted to survive in harsh hot environments, storing water in their stems and trunks for months at a time.  During summer, you should only water them once every 2-3 weeks at the most.  Do not water them unless the soil is dry to a depth of 1-2 inches.  In winter, during dormant periods, you probably do not need to water them at all.   

On the other hand, if there is a severe drought or you forget to water them for over a couple of months 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 Cereus forbesii spiralis, the most important thing is to take care not to overwater them, as this can lead to root rot and fungal infections. 

Light Requirements 

The spiral cactus should be planted in full sun outdoors and needs a minimum of 5-6 hours of direct light daily. When grown indoors, place it in the sunniest place in your house. This night-blooming cereus may benefit from shade in consistently hot climates. It is ideal for growing this cactus in a west- or south-facing window. 

If you only have a north-facing window that never receives any sunlight, or if you are growing indoors away from windows, LED Plant Grow lights designed specifically for cereus plants can be used to replicate the natural full spectrum light and sunlight that these cacti require to grow and thrive. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The spiral cactus favors 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 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your night-blooming cereus cactus to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with a maximum ratio of 5-10-5 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage cereus plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your blooming cereus some love with some awesome organic fertilizer!  

Hardiness Zones & More 

The cereus species can't stand frost; therefore, it needs warm, dry conditions. A well-draining potting mix and drainage holes in the potting container will help you maintain temperatures and prevent too much moisture. They can therefore be cultivated outside of USDA Zone 10.  

The ideal temperature for spiral cactus is 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive moderate winter temperatures as long as the soil is not wet and the temperature does not drop below 35 degrees F. They ought to be overwintered indoors to prevent harm from freezing weather. 

It is best to protect these cacti from excessive heat because stems can scar and scab, and yellowing can occur unless adequate ventilation is provided and open windows and circulating fans are used in very hot, sunny weather. 

Add this unique Cereus forbesii spiralis large-spiral cactus to your collection, easy to grow, and can ship directly to your home. Don't miss out on this unique and convenient option. 

Bloom Season Late spring, early summer
Botanical Name Cereus spiralis
Common Name Spiral cactus, twisted cactus, night blooming cereus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color White
Genus Cereus
Growth Habit Columnar, Spiral
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 16 ft. tall, 5 in. wide
Native Area Brazil, Argentina
Plant Type Perennial Cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pests resistance, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Night blooming cactus
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Spiral Cactus

Some common pests that can affect spiral cacti include mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. These pests can cause damage to the cereus cactus by feeding on its sap and weakening its overall health. Additionally, overwatering or improper drainage can lead to root rot in spiral cacti, which can be a common problem if not addressed promptly.

FAQs - Spiral Cactus Plant

Is spiral cactus rare? 

While the spiral cactus is a unique and interesting plant, it is not considered rare. It is commonly sold in nurseries and plant shops and is often available online. However, it's interesting spiral shape and striking appearance make it a popular choice among plant enthusiasts. 

How do you care for a spiral cactus? 

The spiral cactus requires bright sunlight for at least 5-6 hours daily and should be watered once for 2-3 weeks during the summer months when the weather is warmer. During the winter months, it requires less frequent watering. It's important to ensure that the soil is dry before watering again. 

The plant should be placed in well-drained soil and a pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot. Plus, it can thrive both indoors and outdoors in USDA zones 10. Additionally, it should be fertilized once a month during the growing season. 

How big does cereus forbesii spiralis get? 

Cereus forbesii spiralis is a species of cactus that can grow up to 16 feet tall in its natural habitat. However, when grown indoors, it usually grows to be between 3-4 feet tall. The plant can also spread outwards and grow to be 2 to 3 feet wide. The plant's growth can be influenced by factors such as the amount of light it receives, the quality of the soil, and the frequency of watering. 

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