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Lophocereus schottii monstrosus, Totem Pole Cactus

Lophocereus schottii monstrosus

Totem Pole Cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: California, Southern Arizona and Mexico
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsOrnamental foliageSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Growers find that this cactus is easy to grow in full sun, even in dry conditions. It is best to mimic their natural environment and give the totem pole cactus a well-drained soil. Make sure to use a pot with good drainage built in. Although it is tolerant of some cold, it should not be exposed to temperatures below 30°F for a long time. For colder regions, the plant should be kept in a pot and moved indoors for the winter months.

Lophocereus schottii var. monstrosus forms a small shrub that grows 2-5 ft in height. Mature plants can tolerate cold as low as the mid-30s F for a short time. Once established, they need very little supplemental water, especially during the hot summer months. During the rainy and winter seasons, the soil can be kept evenly moist.

This ornamental succulent offers interesting foliage and flowers, making it a great choice for gardens and landscaping. This hardy cactus variety is sure to make an eye-catching addition to any outdoor space, making it an ideal choice in USDA Zones 9-11.





Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/lophocereus_schottii.htm