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Cereus Paolina Cactus Plant

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Original price Rs. 300.00
Original price Rs. 300.00 - Original price Rs. 300.00
Original price Rs. 300.00
Current price Rs. 100.00
Rs. 100.00 - Rs. 100.00
Current price Rs. 100.00

Cereus paolina, also known as Cereus forbesii var. paolina or the Hedgehog Cactus, is a unique and fascinating species of cactus. Here's a detailed description of the Cereus paolina cactus:

  1. Appearance: The Cereus paolina cactus is a columnar or cylindrical-shaped cactus with multiple stems that grow upright. It can reach a height of up to 2 to 3 meters (6 to 10 feet) in its natural habitat, but its size is typically smaller when cultivated indoors.

  2. Ribs and Spines: The cactus has several vertical ribs along its stem, giving it a ridged appearance. The ribs are lined with clusters of sharp spines, which can vary in color from light to dark, depending on the specific variety.

  3. Flowers: The Cereus paolina cactus produces beautiful and showy nocturnal flowers. The flowers are usually large, funnel-shaped, and can come in various colors, including white, cream, pink, or light purple. They bloom during the night and emit a pleasant fragrance to attract pollinators like moths and bats.

  4. Fruit: After successful pollination, the cactus may produce small, edible fruits that resemble elongated berries. The fruits are generally red or pink when ripe and are enjoyed by some wildlife and birds.

  5. Growth Rate: The Cereus paolina cactus is a slow-growing species, which means it may take several years to reach its full size and flower for the first time.

  6. Care Requirements: This cactus thrives in well-draining soil and prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate some direct sunlight but should be acclimated gradually to avoid sunburn. Like most cacti, it is drought-tolerant and should be watered sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. During the winter months, it benefits from cooler temperatures to encourage flowering.

  7. Landscape Use: The Cereus paolina cactus is often grown as an ornamental plant, adding an exotic touch to cactus and succulent gardens, rock gardens, or as a striking accent piece in xeriscape landscapes.

  8. Hardy Zone: It is a tropical or subtropical cactus and is suitable for growing outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 and above. In cooler climates, it is commonly grown as a houseplant or in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.

The Cereus paolina cactus is a captivating and low-maintenance plant, making it a popular choice for cactus enthusiasts and collectors. Its striking appearance, fragrant night-blooming flowers, and ability to thrive in arid conditions make it a delightful addition to any cactus garden or indoor plant collection.

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