Cactus Question

CorpsmanCooper(FL8b)September 13, 2012

I really want a large cactus. What is a fast growing columnar cactus that I could get my hands on?


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Austocylindropuntia subulata is a good one. But may grow TOO fast :O
Lemaireocereus marginatus is a good one too. (One of my favorites)
also Celiostocactus strausii (probably all cleistos are good, but i only have experience with 3)
Stetsonia coryne is fantastic, likes full sun, and has maybe 4 inch spines.
Polaskia chichipe is a good one too

One that may take a bit longer, just is much more beautiful are the brazilian cacti, Pilocereus. They love sun but despise cold

I think all of those can be found in big box stores

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 7:05PM
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Cleistocactus can definitely be fast-growing, but many species are rather sprawling, instead of perfectly columnar.
However, as Microthrix mentions, C. strausii is a good columnar species, as is C. hyalacanthus.

Cereus peruvianus is so fast, I have to pare it down every year.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 8:02PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!


    Bookmark   September 14, 2012 at 9:20AM
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