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Espostoa melanostele

Pronunciation: Es-poh-stoop-sis
Family: Cactaceae
Common Name: Espostoa melanostele
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 6'
Width to: 4"
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Espostoa melanostele bears tubular white, sometimes yellow or brown flowers, 2 inches long.
Soil Type: Espostoa melanostele prefer poor to moderately fertile, sharply drain soil.
Pests and Diseases: Espostoa melanostele is rarely affected by pests and diseases.
Propagation: Sow espostoa melanostele seed at 70f in early spring.
Native to: Espostoa melanostele is native to central peru.
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Espostoa melanostele is a shrubby or tree like cactus with columnar, 20 to 30 ribbed, grayish green stem, 4" thick, with close set brown areoles and initially yellow, later black spines. When grown indoors, grow in standard cactus potting mix in full light. From spring to summer, water moderately and apply a low nitrogen fertilizer every 4 to 5 weeks; keep dry at other times. Source: various sources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Succulents
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