Common Name: Fairy Castle Cactus, Night-Blooming Cereus, Barbed-Wire Cactus, Sword-Pear, Dildo Cactus, Triangle cactus
Scientific Name: Acanthocereus
‘Acanthocereus tetragonus’ is a plant most suitable for beginner gardeners. Growing in a slow but steady paste and thrives indoors. Keep in mind that like most cacti, the Fairy Castle Cactus has many spines, that could hurt while handling. Acanthocereus tetragonus is a tall, columnar cactus that reaches a height of 2–7 m (6.6–23.0 ft). Stems are dark green, have three to five angles, and are 6–8 cm (2.4–3.1 in) in diameter. This highly spiny, often large, and thicket-forming cactus has stems up to 10 feet or possibly taller. Acanthocereus tetragonus flowers bloom at night and close during the day. Flowers are open from midnight until dawn, attracting hummingbird moths. Acanthocereus tetragonus Fairy Castle Cactus has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the soak and dry method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water less during Winter months. Fairy Castle Cactus takes years to mature enough to bloom, but the wait is worth it.
Acanthocereus Tetragonus Uses
- Acanthocereus tetragonus is used as the ornamental plant
Acanthocereus Tetragonus Care
- Keep in a bright sunny location.
- Try not to water the leaves, give water to soil only.
- Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
- Water the plant in a morning, between 8 to 10 am.
- Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in dark room.
- Propagation by stem cuttings and seeds
- While, re-potting or propagating try not to disturb the roots.
- Keep in mind that like most cacti, the Fairy Castle Cactus has many spines, that could hurt while handling.