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Care of the plant Cylindropuntia fulgida or Jumping cholla.

Care of the plant Cylindropuntia fulgida or Jumping cholla

The genus Cylindropuntia, family Cactaceae, includes 35 species of cacti native to Mexico and the USA. Some species are: Cylindropuntia fulgida, Cylindropuntia tunicata, Cylindropuntia spinosior, Cylindropuntia rosea, Cylindropuntia prolifera, Cylindropuntia imbricata, Cylindropuntia cholla.

Common names: Jumping cholla, Rosea Cactus, Hanging chain cholla, Boxing-Glove Cactus, Club Cactus, Chain fruit cholla. This species is native to Arizona, Sonora and Baja California.

They are branched bushy cacti that reach 4 meters in height. The tuberculate stems are light green in color and covered with abundant yellowish spines. They have 6-12 spines on each areola. The attractive pink flowers of 2.5 cm in diameter. They bloom in mid-summer. The fruits are edible.

They are used in cactus and succulent gardens, in rockeries, on dry sunny slopes and to form impenetrable barriers.

Cylindropuntia fulgida needs full sun exposure and a hot, dry climate. They resist occasional and very light frosts.

The soil can be a commercial cacti substrate with 20% coarse sand or lava stones or a mixture of equal parts coarse sand or gravel and leaf litter.

They are very resistant to drought plants that need very moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry completely. In winter do not water.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are plants that are very resistant to the usual pests but sensitive to excess moisture.

Propagate by segment cuttings in spring or summer; be very careful with the abundant thorns. 

 

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Cylindropuntia fulgida
Cylindropuntia fulgida
Cylindropuntia fulgida