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  Lophocereus schottii forma cristata CACTUSPEDIA       

 


 Lophocereus schotti forma cristata
 

Description: The standard Lophocereus schotttii is a large, tree-like columnar cactus that grows to a height of 3-10 m tall that develops a sturdy trunk and with time can produce numerous arm-like branches. The beautiful crested form is very rare in collection and highly priced for its sculptural shape. Older crested plant grown outdoor in the ground (in mild areas) can reach an imposing size (up to 3 m tall and in diameter, or more )
Remarks: There are indeed other crested clones of Lophocereus schotti that have a tendency to fan out, some will form stable crests while others just cluster over one another.

 
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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Lophocereus schottii forma cristata

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 

 


Propagation:  The crests are frequently grafted onto a  Myrtillocactus geometrizans  trunk, but are easily grown on their own roots. Any normal shoots should be removed to promote the growth of the crest. It can be increased by cuttings, which will take root in a minimum temperature of 20 C. Cuttings of healthy shoots can be taken in the spring and summer, Cut the stem with a sharp, sterile knife, leave the cutting in a warm, dry place for a week or weeks (depending on how thick the cutting is) until a callus forms over the wound. Once the callus forms, the cutting may be inserted in a container filled with firmed cactus potting mix topped with a surface layer of coarse grit. They should be placed in the coarse grit only; this prevents the cut end from becoming too wet and allows the roots to penetrate the rich compost underneath. The cuttings should root in 2 to 6 weeks.

Cultivation:
This species presents no problems in cultivation and will do well in a sunny spot in a cactus house. These plants will tolerate sun and heat, but not extended periods of frost. The crested form is more frost sensitive and should not be kept at less than -0C . Grow them in rich, porous, sandy soil, and let their soil dry out between waterings. If potted, repot in the spring, if their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll need larger containers. Fill about a quarter of the pot with broken crocks, gravel, etc. to promote good drainage. After repotting, do not water for a week or more. The crested plants enjoy a warm sunny environment and for more speedy growth a light position on a higher shelf with light feeding and rainwater given to the bottom of the plant will ensure success, especially with rooted detached branches, which do well in these conditions.



 

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