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Cactus Succulent

Stenocereus dumortieri

A large, tree-like cactus, up to 15m high in its native range, though often smaller in cultivation. Plants have upright, branching, blue-green stems, each with 5-8 triangular ribs, and areoles bearing yellowish white spines. Mature plants produce nocturnal flowers, with short, pale green to white petals in summer, followed by oval-shaped red fruits

Synonyms
Isolatocereus dumortieri

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Blue
Summer Green Blue White Green
Autumn Green Blue Red
Winter Green Blue
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Cactaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright, Spreading branched
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Mexico

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass, or in patio containers and overwinter in a greenhouse. Plant in a sharply-draining cactus mix and position in full sun. Water moderately when in growth, keep dry over winter. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for more advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown at 21ºC in spring, or by stem cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Houseplants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Maybe susceptible to mealybugs, scale insects, and to aphids while flowering

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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