Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pitayo de Mayo

Trying to figure out a way to bring your garden together? And tie it all in?  I've been really enjoying mixing different varieties of cactus together and this is another plant that grows tall with an attractive form.  There are 3 things to watch out for when planting this cactus into the ground.  1.  If planting in the full summer sun, give it a tad bit shade when first putting it into the ground so that it can build up tolerance to the full sun.  2.  Don't overwater, BUT it does like a little bit more water than other cactus.  3.  Protect from extreme freezing temps.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
Frost Tolerance: takes little frost
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Coastal Venezuela and islands nearby; encountered in Mexico in Oaxaca and Veracruz, possibly escaped from cultivation
Growth Habits: Tree like cactus, up to 30 feet tall (9 m), stems up to 5 inches in diameter (12 cm); 6-10 ribs; areoles 0.8 to 1.2 in. apart (2-3 cm), 0.3 in. long (8 mm); 1-3 reddish centrals, up to 1.6 inch (4 cm); 10-11 grey radials, up to 0.4 in long (1 cm)
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I placed this cactus into the garden in October and look forward to watching it grow over the next couple of years. Until tomorrow.... 


  1. that cactus looks very happy in that dry stony earth.

  2. Mon père, qui était horticulteur, avait une collection de cactées dans l'une de ses serres. Nous étions trois frères, tous avec sa propre collection miniature dont nous avions la charge. C'est un très bon souvenir.
    Soixante années plus tard, j'ai toujours quelques cactées à la maison...

    Merci de ton commentaire sur mon blog?


  3. Salut Roger,
    J'adore votre blog. Vous avez par exemple un oeil pour vos coups. J'aime beaucoup de cactus et je me rappelle avoir grandi avec des gens de les avoir dans leurs maisons qui comprenait ma grand-mère. Aujourd'hui, je peux grandir à l'extérieur et les apprécier dans leur milieu naturel:) J'espère que vous avez eu un grand week-end. Chris

  4. Hi Chris, i love to look at cactus, but only in others' gardens not mine. Maybe i don't like the thorns so much. Even the Euphorbia millii, which is not really a cactus and my mother planted, I don't like to be in our garden as well. I don't like their thorns.


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