Torch cactus flowers are breathtakingly beautiful and a shock to some people when they see them attached to the plant that bears them.
Sharp thorns protect the plant from animals, thirsty for the water encapsulated in the succulent body of the Trichocereus.
As an added bonus, the thorns provide shade, acting as a natural lath that filters the sun from the plant's exterior.
Amazing architecture and beauty…when in bloom.
When not in bloom, the Torch cactus looks menacing and uninviting and is easily passed over by the gardener in search of pretty flowers.
The thick, cylindrical body of the Torch cactus grows to approximately 15"-inches tall by 12"-inches in diameter and has many offsets or "pups."
Multiple flowers emerge from along the top and body of the stem.
Although the Trichocereus is drought tolerant when established, more consistent watering is needed for a new plant.
After one month, taper watering as needed when soil is dry to the touch.
Protect from frost and set is in a sunny spot where it can enjoy the spotlight and flower from spring and through the warmer weather!
I've learned to appreciate the rugged beauty of cacti from my many visits to Joshua Tree, California.
The high desert holds an enormous attraction to me, especially when the plants are in bloom there.
Anyone love this plant or collect cacti or succulents?
Would love for you to share more information about it.
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