Column Cactus

Column Cactus

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Cereus hildmannianus (Hedge Cactus)

Cereus hildmannianus (Hedge Cactus) is a shrub or tree-like cactus with many blue-green to dull green branches. Mature plants usually have…


Growing Cactus Outdoors

When growing cactus outdoors, choose a sunny, sloped location whenever possible. Locating cacti on a slope allows for better drainage, which is vital when dealing with these plants.

Depending on the types of cactus chosen, beds should be about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30.5 cm.) deep with well-drained soil specially formulated for cactus plants. This can be purchased or mixed yourself using two parts potting soil, two parts sand, and one part gravel. Cactus plants also enjoy a moderate layer of mulch such as pebbles, rocks, or similar substance.

Once established, cacti require little maintenance and very little, if any, water.


How to Plant a Cactus Container Garden

Look sharp. You can make a cactus container garden in about an hour.

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Container Cactus Garden

Make your container garden fun and interesting with a mix of cactus colors and shapes. Choose plants with the same basic growing needs (most take full sun).

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Make your container garden fun and interesting with a mix of cactus colors and shapes. Choose plants with the same basic growing needs (most take full sun).

Think beyond the blooms when you plant a container garden. Cacti come in colors that range from green to gray to near-blue and they come in lots of interesting shapes. Better still, they’re easy to grow and need little care. Once you've gathered your materials, you can create a cactus container garden in about an hour.


What is a Column Cactus?

This is a long lived, thorny cactus that grows vertically in a single column. The column cactus may reach 30 feet (9 m.) in height. It is among the favorites of both indoor and outdoor growers. Columns are a bluish gray green, growing upright in a single column with three to five blades.

Large flowers produce edible fruit (Note: it is suggested in Peruvian apple cactus info that you consult with your health care provider before ingesting the fruit). The fruit, of course, is called Peruvian apple. It is about the size of a small apple, with similar coloring. It is locally known as “pitaya” when growing in its native areas of South America. Fruit is thornless and sweet when

fully developed. The longer it is left, the sweeter it becomes.


Plant them where their spines will glow

Though cholla spines are sharp as can be, their appearance of glowing in the sun makes them a star in a garden. Here, in the Fort Collins, CO home of designer Lauren Springer Ogden, a petite form of cholla (Cylindropuntia whipplei 'Snow Leopard') absolutely glows—as if they have auras—at dusk. Adding to the scene are the bright, ephemeral blooms of orange California poppies and pink Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing'. A handful of yucca, including Y. thompsoniana, miniature Y. harrimaniae, and a hybrid yucca in back, add year-round structure with their sword-like leaves. Design: Lauren Spring Ogden, Plant Driven Design, Fort Collins, CO plantdrivendesign.com.


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