Austrocylindropuntia Vestita Cristata is similar to "Eve's Needle Crest" cactus. Long Spine cactus is different because it grows white cotton like fibers that cover the crested pads in small patches. Another difference is that it grows white spines along the surface of the cactus. This cactus is not a reliable bloomer but if it does it will bloom small red flowers. Prone to root rot so it is important to water when it is completely dry.
Plant Specs and Regions
Native to: Argentina, Bolivia
Hardiness: tender soft succulent - will not tolerate frost
Recommended light conditions: full sun
Bloomtime: Spring / Summer
Bloom Color: red
Watering Needs Indoors: Instead of giving your succulents gradual sips of water throughout the week, give them a good soaking, to the point where water runs out the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Be sure to empty the water that runs into the saucer, succulents do not like to sit in water. Then let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
Watering needs Outdoors: In the Summer water your succulents every two weeks, by soaking them and letting them dry before watering again. In the Winter water your succulents once a month.
Technical Information About This Plant
- Requires bright light for most of the day. Or constant dappled shade.
Knowing what your planting zone is can be vitally important to your plants thriving. Keep in mind that the zones pertain to OUTDOOR planting. If you plan to keep your plants indoors for fall-winter the zones may be irrelevant.