Nothing says “home” like a cozy corner near the window, with a chair, a coffee table with some quality reading material, and a cute little plant on the top of it. In times like these, we all need corners like this to ease our minds and calm our senses. While reading material is all up to you, we have a perfect cute plant you can grow indoors and bring some new kick in space. Fairy Castle Cactus has a colorful name and it surely lives up to it. You`ll find that its extraordinary shape goes well with interesting, colorful containers and cute little pots.
Fairy Castle Cactus– Your Own Succulent Fairytale
Fairy Castle Cactus really takes it time to grow up to its full size. This is the main reason you’ll be able to keep it in a small container indoors for quite some time. However, it will eventually grow up to 6 feet (2 m) tall. The name of this cactus comes from its unique shape. It has numerous stems of different height. As the plant matures, it will resemble the shape of castle towels. The oldest stem is the highest one, surrounded by ones that shoot up later. Fairy Castle Cactus stems are five-sided, with woolly-based spines along each plane. They change the color from light green to brown as they get older.
Fairy Castle Cactus rarely blooms. Usually, it does not happen until the plant is at least ten years old. When it blooms, nocturnal flowers appear at night in white or yellow color. Flowers are quite large when compared to the size of the plant and they can be quite breathtaking. However, for Fairy Castle Cactus to bloom, you’ll have to provide it perfect growing conditions. Still, this cactus is not too difficult to care for. It`s probably one of the popular species in stores and gardening markets. If you get this cactus on the market, don’t be fooled by colorful flowers they are usually sold with. These flowers are fake and glued to the top of the stems, so make sure to remove them as soon as possible. Fairy Castle Cactus is a good choice for a newbie to step into a succulent world.
Grow and Care Tips
Fairy Castle Cactus is native to Southern Florida, some arias of Texas, Mexico Central America, and the Caribbean. Therefore, it’s thriving in full sun and high temperatures. If you grow it indoors, make sure you place the pot near the sunniest window. However, Fairy Castle Cactus can still get sunburned, so make sure you shield it a bit for a few hours per day if the sunrays become really harsh.
Fairy Castle Cactus also loves a good airflow, since it’s so well-packed. You should place it in a room that gets a lot of air circulation during the day. Still, avoid exposing it to a lot of air-conditioned airflows. When it comes to soil, Fairy Castle Cactus loves well-draining mixes. You can combine a commercial, store-bought cactus potting mix with some perlite or pumice. The 1:1 mix will make a perfect potting soil for this cactus.
Fairy Castle Cactus is extremely sensitive to overwatering and does not tolerate “wet feet” at all. In fact, this is the most common cause of this plan dying. You should water this cactus only when the soil is visibly dried out completely. Then, you can soak it until the water comes out of the draining holes. The soil should allow some of the water to evaporate until you come in with it again. Since Fairy Castle Cactus is a summer-grower, you can cut the water by half in winter months. You can also help it grow stronger and healthier by adding some mild cacti fertilizer during the spring when it starts to wake up from the dormant period.
Fairy Castle Cactus propagates quite easily. Since it rarely blooms and almost doesn’t produce seeds at all, the only way to get a new plant is by cuttings. Just use sterile tools to pluck or cut out one of the branches. Let it callus for two days before planting it in a well-drained cacti potting mix. Make sure that you leave it dry for a day before start watering it regularly. It will help a new plant establish in a new environment.