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Attention Gardeners, are you looking for a cactus that will make your garden stand out? Look no further than Lophocereus schottii var. monstrosus ( or Pachycereus schottii monstrosus), also known as the Totem pole cactus which is a strikingly beautiful plant. Imagine having this unique slow-growing, and eye-catching cactus in your collection. Your garden will be the envy of all who see it! 

The totem pole cactus forms clumps of numerous columnar stems that branch from the base in a candelabra-like arrangement and can grow up to a whopping 20 feet tall! That's like having your own personal totem pole cactus in your backyard. These stems are green with red around young areoles, aging gray-green, and have faint waxy chevrons (stripes) which give them an almost mystical appearance. 

The spines on these towering totem pole cacti are shorter than other Arizona giants, such as the saguaro or organ pipe, allowing its bright yellowish green stem to be prominently visible. And let's not forget about those nocturnal pink flowers borne along the stems in summer—talk about a statement piece! 

You won't find many of these rare beauties around the desert regions since they cannot tolerate even the slightest frost. So, if you're lucky enough to spot this beauty here at Planet Desert, take a moment to appreciate its unique beauty and pay homage to nature's very own totem pole cactus 'Lophocereus schottii monstrosus'. 

Watering Needs 

Although most cacti are commonly associated with desert environments, some varieties, such as the totem pole cacti, prefer to be watered using the "soak and dry" technique. This involves thoroughly watering the plant before allowing it to completely dry out between watering sessions. 

Both potted and outdoor totem pole cacti should receive a deep soak once or twice a month during their growth periods, ensuring proper drainage so that the roots don't become waterlogged. Avoid watering your outdoor cactus when it's raining or during winter months. 

Light Requirements 

The totem pole cactus requires a lot of light and should be grown in either full sun or partial shade. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, gradually increase their exposure to direct sunlight. 

If the sun is too bright and is burning your plant's leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant indoors to a more shaded location. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The totem pole cactus is unable to tolerate wet feet, especially in winter, when they aren't actively growing and absorbing water. This makes them perfect for gravelly soil and rock gardens, especially ones built on slopes. As a rule, hillsides have better drainage than flat areas. 

In order to grow a cactus successfully, the soil must be fast draining. Poor drainage soil, even if watered properly, could damage the roots. Here at Planet Desert, we have a cactus potting mix that is well-draining soil and contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your totem pole cacti some love with a good natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More  

The Lophocereus species can't stand frost or too much humidity; 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.  

The totem cactus can therefore be cultivated outside in USDA zones 9 through 11. The ideal temperature for the totem pole cactus is 65-75 degrees F, and it can survive moderate winter temperatures as long as the soil is not wet and the minimum temperature does not drop below 35 degrees. They ought to be overwintered indoors to prevent harm from freezing weather. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Lophocereus schottii today! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Lophocereus schotti
Botanical Name Pachycereus schottii
Common Name Totem pole cactus, Senita cactus
Common Name Totem Pole Cactus, Senita cactus, wisker cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Pink, White
Flower Color Plae pink
Genus Pachycereus
Growth Habit Columnar, trunkless stem
Growth Habit Ornamental poleshaped
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9
Hardiness Zone 9a to 10a
Mature Size 10 12 ft. tall, 8 in. wide
Mature Size 7m
Native Area Mexico
Native Area Mexico, Arizona
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance 9°c
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Lime green stem, Berry fruits
Sun Exposure Full sun
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Totem Pole Cactus

The totem pole cactus is hardy and easy to grow. It is uncommon for you to encounter difficulties with it. Let's go over some of the possibilities! 

Mealybugs and spider mites are the only two pests that frequently attack this cactus. Both are sucking pests that feed on the plant's juice. Despite the fact that they are unlikely to spread diseases, both can make the healthy stem unappealing. Pests must be removed as soon as they are discovered. Simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to get rid of mealybugs. Repeat this process weekly until they are gone.   

In regard to scale insects, by using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove large colonies of scale insects from the plant. Furthermore, too much water or poorly draining soil can develop root rot

Totem Pole Cactus FAQs

Can the totem pole cactus be grown as an indoor plant? 

The totem pole cactus, which is native to the hot, arid regions of Central and South America, does well as an indoor plant where it can thrive in bright light and with little watering. With its tall, columnar shape and intriguing texture, this cactus can add a distinctive and striking touch to any indoor space. 

How fast does the totem pole cactus grow? 

The totem pole cactus grows slowly, typically growing up to 3 inches in height each year. It can grow up to 20 feet tall over the course of its lifetime in USDA zones 9 to 11, though only with bright light and very little watering. Furthermore, it will grow healthy with our specialized potting mix soil. 

Can you grow totem pole cactus from seeds? 

Yes, you can grow totem pole cacti from a seed. However, it is important to note that the germination process can be slow and requires specific growing conditions, such as well-draining soil and consistent moisture. Additionally, once the cactus reaches a certain size, it may require repotting into a larger container or even being transplanted outdoors if you are living in USDA zones 9–11.  

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Totem Pole Cactus 'Lophocereus schottii 'monstrosus'

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Height: 5"-7"
Diameter:
Height: 8" - 10"
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Height: 15"
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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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Plants that are in 3.5" pots and smaller will be shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots. Any plant that is 6" and larger WILL NOT come with a pot as it will be shipped bare root.

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.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail, and we calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Care instructions are included in every package you order. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note on your order. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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Attention Gardeners, are you looking for a cactus that will make your garden stand out? Look no further than Lophocereus schottii var. monstrosus ( or Pachycereus schottii monstrosus), also known as the Totem pole cactus which is a strikingly beautiful plant. Imagine having this unique slow-growing, and eye-catching cactus in your collection. Your garden will be the envy of all who see it! 

The totem pole cactus forms clumps of numerous columnar stems that branch from the base in a candelabra-like arrangement and can grow up to a whopping 20 feet tall! That's like having your own personal totem pole cactus in your backyard. These stems are green with red around young areoles, aging gray-green, and have faint waxy chevrons (stripes) which give them an almost mystical appearance. 

The spines on these towering totem pole cacti are shorter than other Arizona giants, such as the saguaro or organ pipe, allowing its bright yellowish green stem to be prominently visible. And let's not forget about those nocturnal pink flowers borne along the stems in summer—talk about a statement piece! 

You won't find many of these rare beauties around the desert regions since they cannot tolerate even the slightest frost. So, if you're lucky enough to spot this beauty here at Planet Desert, take a moment to appreciate its unique beauty and pay homage to nature's very own totem pole cactus 'Lophocereus schottii monstrosus'. 

Watering Needs 

Although most cacti are commonly associated with desert environments, some varieties, such as the totem pole cacti, prefer to be watered using the "soak and dry" technique. This involves thoroughly watering the plant before allowing it to completely dry out between watering sessions. 

Both potted and outdoor totem pole cacti should receive a deep soak once or twice a month during their growth periods, ensuring proper drainage so that the roots don't become waterlogged. Avoid watering your outdoor cactus when it's raining or during winter months. 

Light Requirements 

The totem pole cactus requires a lot of light and should be grown in either full sun or partial shade. New plants can get burned in the full sun as they were probably grown in a greenhouse; therefore, gradually increase their exposure to direct sunlight. 

If the sun is too bright and is burning your plant's leaves, consider purchasing a sunshade or moving the plant indoors to a more shaded location. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The totem pole cactus is unable to tolerate wet feet, especially in winter, when they aren't actively growing and absorbing water. This makes them perfect for gravelly soil and rock gardens, especially ones built on slopes. As a rule, hillsides have better drainage than flat areas. 

In order to grow a cactus successfully, the soil must be fast draining. Poor drainage soil, even if watered properly, could damage the roots. Here at Planet Desert, we have a cactus potting mix that is well-draining soil and contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

Natural fertilizers with an equal ratio of 5-10-5 (NPK) are the best choice as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your totem pole cacti some love with a good natural fertilizer! 

Hardiness Zones & More  

The Lophocereus species can't stand frost or too much humidity; 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.  

The totem cactus can therefore be cultivated outside in USDA zones 9 through 11. The ideal temperature for the totem pole cactus is 65-75 degrees F, and it can survive moderate winter temperatures as long as the soil is not wet and the minimum temperature does not drop below 35 degrees. They ought to be overwintered indoors to prevent harm from freezing weather. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your garden. Order your very own Lophocereus schottii today! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Lophocereus schotti
Botanical Name Pachycereus schottii
Common Name Totem pole cactus, Senita cactus
Common Name Totem Pole Cactus, Senita cactus, wisker cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Pink, White
Flower Color Plae pink
Genus Pachycereus
Growth Habit Columnar, trunkless stem
Growth Habit Ornamental poleshaped
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9
Hardiness Zone 9a to 10a
Mature Size 10 12 ft. tall, 8 in. wide
Mature Size 7m
Native Area Mexico
Native Area Mexico, Arizona
Plant Type Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance 9°c
Resistance Drought tolerant, deer resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Cactus potting mix soil
Special Features Lime green stem, Berry fruits
Sun Exposure Full sun
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Totem Pole Cactus

The totem pole cactus is hardy and easy to grow. It is uncommon for you to encounter difficulties with it. Let's go over some of the possibilities! 

Mealybugs and spider mites are the only two pests that frequently attack this cactus. Both are sucking pests that feed on the plant's juice. Despite the fact that they are unlikely to spread diseases, both can make the healthy stem unappealing. Pests must be removed as soon as they are discovered. Simply dab the insects with a cotton swab dipped in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol to get rid of mealybugs. Repeat this process weekly until they are gone.   

In regard to scale insects, by using a pair of heavy gloves, you can remove large colonies of scale insects from the plant. Furthermore, too much water or poorly draining soil can develop root rot

Totem Pole Cactus FAQs

Can the totem pole cactus be grown as an indoor plant? 

The totem pole cactus, which is native to the hot, arid regions of Central and South America, does well as an indoor plant where it can thrive in bright light and with little watering. With its tall, columnar shape and intriguing texture, this cactus can add a distinctive and striking touch to any indoor space. 

How fast does the totem pole cactus grow? 

The totem pole cactus grows slowly, typically growing up to 3 inches in height each year. It can grow up to 20 feet tall over the course of its lifetime in USDA zones 9 to 11, though only with bright light and very little watering. Furthermore, it will grow healthy with our specialized potting mix soil. 

Can you grow totem pole cactus from seeds? 

Yes, you can grow totem pole cacti from a seed. However, it is important to note that the germination process can be slow and requires specific growing conditions, such as well-draining soil and consistent moisture. Additionally, once the cactus reaches a certain size, it may require repotting into a larger container or even being transplanted outdoors if you are living in USDA zones 9–11.  

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