# # # SPECIAL PLANT # # # (Selected specimen)
Diameter 9 cm.
Scientific name: Pachycereus pringlei (S. Watson) Britton et Rose 1909,
- Cereus pringlei S. Watson 1885
- Pilocereus pringlei (S. Watson) F.A.C:Weber 1898
- Pachycereus calvus Britton et Rose 1909.
Common Names include: Cardón, Elephant Cactus, Mexican Giant Cactus
Description: The typical Pachycereus pringley is a big “organ-pipe cactus” that looks remiscent of a Saguaro cactus but thinner. The bluish-green colouring is also distinctly different. The crested form can also get very big making a spectacular specimen.
Cultivation: It is a fairly easy plant to grow both grafted or in its own roots. During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant. Furnish good drainage and use a an open and free draining mineral compost that allows therefore roots to breath. They like only a short winter's rest and should be kept almost completely dry during the winter months, If the soil is allowed to be dry for too long root loss could follow but equally the same result would occur if the plants are both wet and cold. From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full growth.