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  • Mexican giant cardon cactus
  • Eventual height: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 1m

Pachycereus pringlei

Mexican giant cardon cactus

17cm pot - 35cm tall £34.99
17cm pot - 35cm tall £34.99
  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Compost: specialist cacti compost
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 35cm (including pot)
  • Pot covers: choose a 18cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot.

    In its native northwestern Mexico, this impressive plant (the tallest cactus species in the world), can live for several hundred years, and reach over 10m in height. When grown as a house plant however, it's a much more manageable size. It has a columnar habit with ribbed stems, and as it matures it forms lots of tree-like branches. Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a black plastic pot). They do however make excellent potted plants, and if you wish to pot yours up, we do have a wide range of pots on our website to choose from.

  • Home care: Place it in a bright spot and in spring and summer, water when the compost gets dry, but make sure it never sits in excess water for any length of time. In autumn and winter cut back on the watering but do not let it dry out completely. Avoid a humid atmosphere (no bathrooms or steamy kitchens) and in the warmer months, open a window or door occasionally so it can enjoy the fresh air. Repot every year or two into a slightly larger pot using cacti compost. You will find it easier to tackle if you concertina a couple of sheets of newspaper and then fold these around the spines, leaving a 'tail' that you can use to lift the plant out of one pot and into another. Otherwise invest in some thorn-proof gloves!

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