|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|
|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
|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
- 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