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Care of the plant Cylindropuntia imbricata or Tree cholla.

Care of the plant Cylindropuntia imbricata or Tree cholla

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

Common names: Tree cholla, Cane cholla, Walking stick cholla, Chainlink cactus. This species is native to northern Mexico and southwestern United States.

They are branched cacti with cylindrical stems full of whitish spines 2.5 cm long. They acquire an arboreal bearing and reach 3 meters in height. They produce attractive red or pink flowers. They bloom from late spring to early summer.

They are used in cactus and succulent gardens, on rockeries, in very dry and sunny areas of the garden or to form impenetrable barriers. In Spain it is considered an invasive plant so its commercialization is prohibited.

Cylindropuntia imbricata needs full sun exposure and high temperatures. In winter it is better that the temperature does not drop below 5ºC.

The soil can be a commercial cactus substrate or a mixture, in equal parts, of coarse sand and leaf mulch.

It's a very resistant plant to drought; water moderately waiting for the soil to dry out. In winter there is no need to water.

Fertilize in spring and summer with cactus fertilizer every 21 days.

They do not need pruning.

They are very resistant plants to pests but can be attacked by fungi if there is an excess of humidity.

They propagate by segment cuttings that root easily but must be handled with great care for their abundant spines.

Images of the plant Cylindropuntia imbricata or Tree cholla

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Cylindropuntia imbricata
Cylindropuntia imbricata
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