Cereus peruvianus help!

CorpsmanCooper(FL8b)September 20, 2012

Thanks to Stush I have 4 Cereus peruvianus seedlings! THANK YOU STUSH! Anyway, I've never owned one so some help on how to care for it would be super helpful! What kind of soil? Since it grows fast should they be in a big pot to begin with? Light and water requirements? So on and so forth . . . I already suspect the medium they are in in may be too fast draining.

~Erin~

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Maybe one day it will be this. I am praying since I got one too. What I hear is that they like a bit more moisture and humidity than many cactus and that is why they do well in Florida. That said, Someone said that arid weather helps to cause the twisting. That is hearsay that I am repeating so take it with a bit of salt.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 12:45AM
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CorpsmanCooper(FL8b)

WOW! Those are some awesome plants right there! I hope mine get to be that big! Well,it looks like I need to rethink this potting mix for them.

~Erin~

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 9:00AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Fast draining is good but here they can take a bit more humus than cactus 20/80 proportions, but really , I think you don't have to be quite so water deprived as normal cactus. They will take the outdoors in Florida once past babyhood. since that is where Stush said the Mama came from. I don't know where in Florida and Florida is a LONG state and I don't know where you are in reference to it, so I should keep my trap shut. As cactus go it is a bit more to the tropical side than a lot of cactus. That can take some minor frosts too, I THINK. When they are older. I have seen a sizable one outside in Austin Texas. I wonder how they treat it come winter. It is surrounded by Concrete so it is in the Heat Island of Downtown and has asphalt all around it. Not my conditions.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 9:23AM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Hello all, Well, I grew them from seeds and I still don't know any much more about them. One thing, they do take more water than I thought they would. When I had them thru the winter I water very little and they were very small and slow growing. Then spring and outside with more water, they doubled their size and just took off. Also some small one had a twist to them. They filled out with water and the twist left. The mother plant was no way twisted as the one above showed but all the others in the area showed no twist to them at all. The area was near Tampa, a place called Clearwater. I think the zone is 9.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 1:33PM
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CorpsmanCooper(FL8b)

WOW! That's the mother plant!?!?!?! Now I'm really excited! I like in North West Florida. In the panhandle. We get frost so I don't plant to leave it outside.

~Erin~

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 1:59PM
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greenjay(Zone 6)

CorpsmanCooper ~ I may be hitting you up for plant advice, as I plan on moving to Lakeland, Fla as soon as I can get my house in Bflo,NY sold haha !
Many Thanks !
Jay

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 10:50PM
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CorpsmanCooper(FL8b)

Jay - I live a lot further North than Lakeland, FL. All I can say is, if you plant to keep succulents outside it's all about drainage because it can rain a lot down here. The sun is completely different as well. Stuff that would normally enjoy full sun can't handle it down here for some reason. It's trial and error.

~Erin~

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 9:15AM
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