The Mexican Fence Post is a beautiful cactus with simple architecture. They grow in 6 lobes and have consistent, short grey spines on the edge of each side. They grow tall without segmenting, and often were used in Mexico tied together as fence posts, hence their given name.
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AttributesType: Houseplant, Cactus
Height: 6ft - 8ft
Spread: 1ft - 2ft
Light: Full Sun
Zone: 9 - 11
Pet Safe: Toxic, high puncture risk
CareGeneral Maintenance: Repot your cactus once it has doubled in size, or each year - whichever comes first. These cacti are very easy to take care of and appreciate a bright sunny spot and tons of neglect.
Temperature: -3 to 55 degrees Celsius is this plant's hardiness range.
Light: These cacti love sunlight, keep within 1m of a South facing window for optimum growth. They can also be kept outdoors in a sunny spot during the summer and hot season. Gradually introduce them to full sun by first putting them in a spot of full shade and move them to a slightly sunnier location every couple of days. These plants are not tolerant of low light.
Watering: Cacti are very efficient with water, and store tons of moisture inside their leaves and trunks. Therefore, they do not require near as much watering as many other plants. Water when the top 50-70% of soil is completely dry. They will require slightly more water in brighter light and hotter conditions. During the dormant season water once every 2-3 months.
Soil: Cacti love a well-draining, dry soil blend. Their roots are sensitive to rot. Any high-quality cactus / succulent soil blend will allow these plants to thrive.
Fertilizer: These cacti rarely need fertilization but will benefit from a diluted balanced houseplant fertilizer once every 2-3 months during the growing season.
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