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Disocactus speciosus

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Disocactus (dy-soh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: speciosus (spee-see-OH-sus) (Info)

Synonym:Heliocereus speciosus
Synonym:Heliocereus speciosissimus
Synonym:Cereus bifrons
Synonym:Cereus speciosissimus
Synonym:Cereus speciosus

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents
Epiphytes

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Red
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf On Apr 21, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Two more synonyms of this plant are Cactus speciosissimus & Cactus speciosus.

Disocactus speciosus f. amecamensis is the white flowered form.
Disocactus speciosus var. serrata has stems that are 4 or 3 angled, serrated angled and shorter. It also has stiff brown spines.
Disocactus speciosus var. superbus has shiny cinnabar red flowers, stems that have 7 angles and are thicker. The new growth tips are reddish.



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