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From the Desk of Cassie Steele “The Golden Cereus”

Caring for a Golden Cereus Cactus

The city of San Diego is home to over 1,400 cactus species, with one of these species being the Golden Cereus. Also known as the golden-spined cereus or golden snakecactus, it has the scientific name, Bergeocactus emoryi. This cactus is a succulent, with thicker-than-average, fleshy parts which hold water in dry climates and/or soil conditions. This quick guide includes basic facts about the Golden Cereus, as well as cacti care tips

This Cactus is Tunnel-shaped

The Golden Cereus cactus appears in groups. It’s a frail cactus with twenty ribs or less, as well as ramifications. It rarely grows higher than a single meter and it generally has a diameter of five centimeters or less. This attractive cactus features a distinctive tunnel shape, in addition to yellow blossoms which grow from the tip of the plant during the growing season, which is spring. It’s classified as a succulent and a shrub and it’s found on dry hills and in sandy spaces.

The Plant is a Low-maintenance Species

The good news is that this species of cactus requires very little watering. It does best in places which are partly shady, with elevations of five to 2,446 feet. It is also known for its fast drainage. Homeowners who want to add Golden Cereus cacti, because these plants boost the appeal of gardens, won’t need to do much to keep their golden-spined cacti healthy and alive. First off, the plant should get at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. In terms of watering, a Golden Cereus planted outdoors should get the H2O that it needs from rainfall. If rainfall is scarce, give the cactus good watering every seven days. Soil should dry out thoroughly before a subsequent watering. Otherwise, root rot may be a problem.

Fertilize to Boost Plant Health

Cacti, such as the Golden Cereus, benefit from minimal quantities of fertilizer. To ensure that a cactus is properly nourished, Golden Cereus owners should add low-strength fertilizer during the plant’s growing season, which starts in spring and runs through the summertime. Those who plant these cacti in containers should make sure that the roots have enough room. When roots push out of containers, or plants grow too large for their containers, they should be transferred to bigger pots.

Expect Slow and Steady Growth

Growth of a healthy Golden Cereus cactus should be slow, but steady. Homeowners who follow these care tips should be able to enjoy their Golden Cereus succulents over the long term. These hardy cacti don’t need much TLC and they add so much beauty to California gardens.

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