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Growing & caring for myrtillocactus geometrizans (blue candle cactus)

Updated 2-19-2023

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Where are myrtillocactus geometrizans from?

Myrtillocactus geometrizans is an interesting species of cactus native to desert and semiarid regions of the southwestern United States and Mexico. It features blue-green cylindrical stems with rows of flat spines, white flowers, and small fleshy fruits. The species grows in arid rocky hillsides in Mexico along the Sonoran desert and is often found at higher altitudes.

In Arizona and New Mexico, it can be found on dry hilltops or slopes of deep gorges. Because of its striking characteristics, it’s become a popular landscape option in both residential and commercial applications for its unique shape and color.

How do I care for myrtillocactus geometrizans? Are they difficult to grow?

Caring for a myrtillocactus geometrizans is relatively simple once you have the basics down. They thrive in sunny, hot environments with well-draining soil, so keeping them near a window that gets ample sunlight is ideal. When it comes to water, they require very little and should never be over watered as this will lead to root rot.

As an extra precaution against rot, use a pot that has one or more drainage holes in the bottom. With respect to fertilization, these cacti need either a low or no nutrient formulation or even better — occasional applications of compost tea and diluted seaweed extracts. If pruning is necessary it should occur late in the summer months; just remember to cut off any shoots or branches at their base.

Check out this useful care video on myrtillocactus geometrizans:

How do you prepare myrtillocactus geometrizans for winter?

Myrtillocactus geometrizans are an easy-to-care for succulent that thrive in outdoor, warm climates. In order to keep them healthy during the winter months, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prepare your plant for the colder temperatures it’s about to endure. The best way to do this is by gradually decreasing watering intervals as the days get shorter and cooler. Watering can be stopped completely towards late autumn when temperatures become consistently cooler.

During this time, it’s beneficial to move the cactus indoors so it can remain in a warm environment away from frost and strong winds. Additionally, a slow release fertilizer should be applied after flowering; ensuring that there is enough nutrient reserves before entering a dormant like state over winter.

How do you fertilize myrtillocactus geometrizans?

To properly fertilize your cactus, get a liquid fertilizer with a 3-7-7 N-P-K ratio. You should fertilize about every 6 weeks during the growing season until August to ensure your myrtillocactus geometrizans stays healthy and blooms abundantly each year.

How much should you water myrtillocactus geometrizans?

Too much water can be detrimental to myrtillocactus geometrizans health. The general rule for watering this type of cactus outside is once every week for about five minutes. During the summer months, it’s best to water twice per week if possible so the soil remains moist but not soggy. It’s important to remember that the temperature will affect how quickly your cactus absorbs water and thus should be taken into consideration when you go to water it.

How much light do myrtillocactus geometrizans need?

Myrtillocactus geometrizans requires a significant amount of light to thrive. While this species of cactus will survive in partial shade, it is best suited for an environment with ample full sun exposure. Providing myrtillocactus geometrizans with more than 3-4 hours of sunlight a day can help ensure optimum growth and even increase the risk of flowering, while too little light can cause elongation and unhealthy stretching.

To simulate the conditions it would experience in its native desert environment, place your cactus near a sunny window with plenty of direct light and turn away from any drafty windows or cold spots – keeping warm at no less than 60 Fahrenheit degrees by day.

How do I propagate myrtillocactus geometrizans?

Propagating myrtillocactus geometrizans is relatively easy. Collecting a cutting from the existing plant should be done in early summer or spring when the weather is warm and temperatures are high to help reduce water loss. The cutting should include two to four segments, with at least one pair of nodes along each of them, ensuring that there will be areas for new root growth.

Place the cutting in a pot filled with sandy soil and use a plastic bag or glass jar as humidity domes to ensure a moist environment; they should then be placed in indirect sunlight until roots begin to form within three months. Finally, it’s time to transplant your new cactus. Be sure to use fast-draining soil and provide ample sunlight for continued growth.

When do myrtillocactus geometrizans flower?

Myrtillocactus geometrizans typically blossom around late springtime or early summer as days get longer and warmer temperatures become available to stimulate growth.

How big do myrtillocactus geometrizans get?

The Myrtillocactus geometrizans, often referred to as the Turk’s cap cactus or winecup cactus, can grow strikingly large when conditions are ideal. This true desert plant thrives in hot and dry climates and prefers being left undisturbed for many years. It usually takes between 10 to 15 years for a Myrtillocactus geometrizans to reach peak maturity when grown from seedling.

An adult specimen will easily reach heights of up to 9 feet with trunks that can grow up to 18 inches thick. Such impressive growths are commonly found in semi-tropical habitats like the Sonoran Desert, where these living sculptures act as natural land protectors against sand dunes, flash floods, and extreme winds.

Is the fruit of the myrtillocactus geometrizans edible?

While its beauty can add an interesting touch to any space, this particular cactus carries something even more special – its fruit is edible! The ripe fruit has a sweet taste and can be eaten raw or cooked into delicious jams, jellies and pies. If you want to try something truly exotic and add a little something special to your dishes, the fruit of the myrtillocactus geometrizans might just be what you’re looking for.

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