Myrtillocactus bears small sweet, edible berrylike fruits.
||Description: Candelabra cactus, less branched
than other species in genus, but taller up to 5 m tall, with a very
stout trunk and short ascending branches.
Stem: Dark green, erected, up to 10 cm in diameter.
Areoles: circular: Crowded with black felt, about 5 mm. apart;
Radial spines: 6 to 8, straight, 5 to 12 mm long, black or
Central spines: one straight 2 to5 cm. long;
Flowers: Rather small, whitish or crème up to 4cm, somewhat
resembling orange flowers, having scarcely any tubes; the short stamens
are almost entirely exerted.
Flowering time: Diurnal in summer.
Fruit: Small, globular or oblong berries, 10 to 15 mm. long,
edible; seeds very small, black.
NOTE: In habit and fruit this species is very
similar to the well-known
Myrtillocactus geometrizans, but differs from it greatly
in colour of stem and in the areoles and spines.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in summer (Cuttings will root only
in hot weather. Cuttings must be kept very dry to root)
Myrtillocactus schenckii (J.A.Purpus) Britton &
Published in: Contr. U. S. Nat. Herb. 12: 427. 1909.
Basionym : Cereus schenckii J.A.Purpus
Published in: Monatsschr. Kakteenk. 19: 38. 1909
Common name: Garambullo, Vichishovo.
Origin: Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla) Type locality: Sierra
de Mixteca, Puebla, Mexico.
Ecology: forms forests in some areas of the Chihuahuan desert.
Culture: It is easy to grow
but semi hardy, make sure that your Myrtillocactus are not
exposed to temperatures below -4°C or they may die, nevertheless it is a
good advice never let the nighttimes temperatures fall below 10°C. Need a fertile, well drained soil mix. Water the plants
well and allow them to dry before watering again. This species seems to
do better with a little more water than most cacti. In fact, its
cultivation requirements are really more like 'normal' plants than most
other cacti. During the growing season fertilize them with a
Sun Exposure: Outside
full sun, inside needs bright light, and
some direct sun. During winter month, put them in a cool luminous place
and encourage them to enter winter dormancy by withholding water and
fertiliser. They are susceptible to fungal diseases if overwatered, but are not nearly as sensitive as many other cacti,
especially in warm weather and need more water than desert cacti.
kept too much damp through cold periods, they will invariably suffer.
Since they are big sized plants need plenty of space for their
roots, repotting should be done every other year or when the plant has
outgrown its pot. They produce good amounts of growth
each year if kept well fed and watered throughout the warmest months,
particularly if they have been acclimatised to accept full sun. Once
these cacti are established they can easily produce 20cm of growth