Myrtillocactus geometrizans 10.5cm
Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Mart.) Console - Μυρτιλλόκακτος
Συνώνυμα: Cereus geometrizans, Cereus pugioniferus
Διάμετρος γλάστρας:10.5εκ., Ύψος:15εκ.
It is also called as "Our Father", "Blue Flame", "Bilberry Cactus", "Whortleberry Cactus", "Blue Candle" and "Blue Myrtle cactus".
It is a columnar plant, covered with a white glaze, which can branch out and take the shape of a candlestick.
In nature it can reach up to 4 meters in height. Its blue-sky stem is made of 5-8 ribs and sparse spines.
It blooms from February to April, its flowers are white and small.
A curious fact: the fruits of Myrtillocactus are edible and resemble blueberries, from this characteristic, in fact, derives its name.
- It likes an exposure to full sun in rather airy locations.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 10 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately and only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, and reduce watering to once every two months in autumn and winter.
- The best soil is a well-draining one, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapilli.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.