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Silver torch

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Cleistocactus Strauss is a perennial cactus of the family Cactaceae.

Cactus (Cleistocactus Strauss) is known for a single, fuzzy white spine. Thriving in window sills, greenhouses and even outdoors, the Silver Torch requires plenty of space to spread its roots. When it reaches 18 inches in height, watch for a beautiful show as peach-colored blooms appear during the spring and summer months.

Cleistocactus Strauss (silver torch or wooly torch) is a perennial cactus of the family Cactaceae. It is native to high mountain regions of Bolivia and Argentina, above 3,000 m (9,843 ft).

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Description

 

Common Name Silver Torch, Wooly Torch, Silver Torch Cactus.
Maximum Reachable Height Older cactuses, over 45 cm (17.5 in) tall, produce deep red, burgundy, flowers in late summer. The 6 cm (2.5 in) long cylindrical flowers protrude horizontally from the columns
Bloom Time summer.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow.

Planting And Care

Cacti grown indoors tend to gather dust. These spiny cacti can be effectively washed down with a soft shaving brush.

When cleaning them, it is a good idea to protect the roots by laying a piece of plastic sheeting over the potting mixture to prevent undue wetting at the base of the plant. Use newspaper as a wrapping to protect the hands from the spines when handling the cactus.

Silver Torch Care

Sunlight Strong sunlight.
Watering Rare watering.
Soil free-draining soils.
Temperature Does not prefer high temperatures. It can withstand hard frosts down to -10C.
Fertilizer At the start of the growth period, apply a dressing of long-term slow fertilizer and stir it into the surface soil in the pot. As an alternative, fertilizer may be incorporated with the potting mixture when repotting.

Silver Torch Uses

Ornamental Use:

  • Cleistocactus Strauss makes an attractive landscape plant and or container patio plant where some height is needed, being an attractive accent plant
  • This columnar tall cactus is suitable for large landscape
  • Indoors make a spectacular ascent plant as mature Cleistocactus Strauss and will flower if it is provided with enough light

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