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PlantFiles: Cereus
Cereus validus f. monstrose 'Ming Thing'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cereus (KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: validus f. monstrose
Cultivar: Ming Thing

Synonym:Cereus forbesii f. monstrose cristate

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SunnyTropicals On Sep 20, 2013, SunnyTropicals from Port Charlotte, FL wrote:

I love this cactus. I purchased mine from Home Depot in 2006 it was teeny tiny. Now its about 7 inches tall and 6 inches wide. I leave it outside in part sun, in a clay pot with legs (pot is a clay goat) so the warm air circulates under it. He is in a blend of potting soil, palm & cactus mix, sand and vermiculite. I soak the soil about once a month all the way through, then give it cactus food about once ever other month. It very rarely gets in the low thirties here, but if it does he comes inside. I even gave him a name "Stymie". He is a cutie! This is a great cactus to own.

Positive hanna1 On May 18, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love unusual looking plants, and this fits the bill, I've had it now for a year, doing great!

Neutral Xenomorf On Jun 3, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

A very unusual and interesting looking plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Castro Valley, California
Monrovia, California
San Francisco, California
Valley Center, California
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lake Jackson, Texas
Paris, Texas

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