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How to Grow Borzicactus

Updated on November 11, 2012
Cleistocactus acanthurus
Cleistocactus acanthurus | Source

How to Grow Great Borzicactus

Many people collect succulents as a hobby. They are enjoyable and easy to grow. One variety of succulent is known as Borzicactus. Here are some tips to help you be successful in growing great Borzicactus in your home.

This succulent is in the family Cactaceae and the group Cereus. It originally grew in the countries of Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. Borzicactus is a medium to dark green plant. It has a waxy surface. And, it can grow up to a height of three feet. It will grow in an upright column and have distinct vertical ribs. The spines are very sharp and honey-colored. Some of the species of Borzicactus will have a soft, hair-like spine.

Because of it's column-like stature, this succulent can be used as a statement piece, especially if it is close to it's fully mature height. However, when it is younger and smaller, it can also be used as an accent piece in a grouping of shorter or differently shaped succulents. Either way, Borzicactus will make a stunning addition to your collection.

The flowers of the Borzicactus are usually red in color. They are tubular or funnel-form and usually have an irregular shape. The blossoms will appear at the top of the plant in the summer months and grow to a length of two or three inches.

Seeds and cuttings can be used to propagate this succulent. They can be somewhat slow to grow, but are a very robust plant. When starting new plants or seeds, use a general cactus culture to plant them in.

There are two species of Borzicactus that are recommended. The B. celsianus (Oreocereus celsianus), also known as Old-man-of-the-mountains or South American Man, has hair-like spines. They usually appear tangled and are yellow or red. The flowers of this species are red.

The B. trollii (Oreocereus trolii), or Old-man-of-the-Andes, also has hair-like spines. The spines on this species are light yellow or slightly red. Instead of the normal red flower, this one has a rose-colored blossom.

This succulent can be an excellent addition to any collection. The species of Borzicactus with hair-like spines make a unique specimen to add to any garden. Hopefully these tips will help you grow a lovely specimen of Borzicactus in your home.


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