A 'twist' on the popular cactus variety of Cereus forbesii. This spiralling column-style cactus is rare, unusual and eye-catching. This particular cactus comes in a 19cm diameter growing pot so is also of a pretty impressive size, and will have been growing happily for years.
The kooky Spiral Cactus begins its life as a straight cactus, the ridges beginning to spiral once it reaches a height of approximately 10cm. In nature it usually grows as a shrub with numerous columns in a candelabra-like arrangement.
It thrives on neglect, requiring very infrequent watering, and is happiest in a warm, sunny room. As long as you don't fuss too much, you should have a sizeable Spiral Cactus for years to come.
All in all, this is a must-have for any cactus fan or rare plant connoisseur.
Please note that this cactus can vary in both height and width. Some are very 'spirally' others a little less so; it might be tall and thin or short and stubby. Revel in its uniqueness and don't waste your energy trying to train a cactus!
Other names: Cereus forbesii spirali, Cereus peruvianus tortulosus, Twisted Cereus, Contorted Cereus
Small: Growing pot size is 11cm. Overall plant height including growing pot: 20-25cm
Large: Growing pot size is 19cm. Overall height including growing pot is between 35-45cm.
Depicted in Stack and Mist.
Pets: Non toxic but it's spikes are fierce!
Useful to know:
I'm a South American native, more specifically from Argentina and also found in Brazil.
I can grow to 4m in the wild but will remain much smaller indoors so don't worry! In the wild it will produce waxy pink/white flowers in the summer but these are rarely seen on indoor specimens.
Find it a bright spot to keep it at its happiest but avoid direct sun until the plant is well established or it might scorch.
Allow the soil to dry in between watering me as I am drought-resistant. Water me more during summer months, less frequently during the winter. Never, ever leave me sitting in water or it might get root rot.
I like normal room temperatures and don't do well in temperatures below 10 degrees C.
Not specifically required but feed me during summer months if doing so.
I dislike humidity so don't place in bathrooms or steamy kitchens. If you'd like me to grow tall, repot every 1-2 years but make sure you use cacti compost.
I'm not toxic but my spines are very sharp so handle with care!
I was imported into Europe in the 1980s at a very high price.
*Decorative pots sold separately.