cereus / cereus
It belongs to the family of cacti.
General description : Cereus is one of the favorite types of cacti players. He is handsome and unpretentious, hastily growing.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Cereus peruvianus (Cereus Peruvian) has a columnar ribbed stem up to 1, 5 m tall, covered with brown spines. Adult cacti bloom large white flowers. It has a shape with twisted branching stems, which grows slowly and does not bloom.
Cereus jamacaru (Cereus yamakaru) differs from it in the color of the spines (white or yellow) and in that its large flowers bloom at night.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Cereus:
Illumination : Light-loving, prefers southern windows, but in the spring should be carefully accustomed to direct sunlight to avoid burns.
Irrigation mode : Moderate during growth, winter outlandish, especially if the plant is kept cool. Water with warm, soft water.
Humidity : Periodic spraying with warm water is desirable, but the cereus is in no way demanding of atmospheric humidity. In the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony). In winter, a period of inactivity with dry content.
Temperature condition : Moderate in summer, in the winter period of inactivity at 10-12 ° С, minimum 8 ° С, with dry content.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mash: 2 sod, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of peat land, 1 share of sand.
During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Breeding : cuttings and seeds in the spring.
Transplant : In spring, young plants annually, mature once a couple years.
Pests : Affected by the scarlet spider mite (in a dry atmosphere, the leaves and stems are woven with spiderwebs).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
For prevention, it is recommended to wipe the plant with medical alcohol and periodically spray it with a small atomizer.
Cereus - Cereus