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Myrtillocactus Genus

 

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Myrtillocactus genus. There are 4 species of cacti in this genus, some species are bushy. Their spiny branching stems have few ribs and are usually bright green, they produce star-shaped flowers in clusters of up to 9 they will develop from black downy tufts. The flowers are funnel-shaped, and are followed by fleshy fruits. They are Frost tender, min 11-12C. They will need a sunny, well drained site. Propagation is by seeds or stem cuttings in the spring or summer.

Characteristics

Perennials, Cactus

Origin

Mexico & Guatemala

Interest and use

Grown for its star-shaped flowers that open at night.

Cultivation

They will grow in a warm dry climate which is free-draining with gritty soil and full sun or morning shade. You can propagate from seed or basal and stem offsets.

Propagation

Seed or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to mealy bug damage.

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