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Monkey Tail Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis

 

Monkey Tail Cactus

Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis, sometimes listed under its old name of Hildewintera colademononis, is a stunning cactus with very long white and soft, hairlike spines. The common name “monkey's tail” refers to the appearance of the hairy stems. It is free flowering and the bright red blooms are particularly decorative.

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plant Features
  • Monkey Tail Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Monkey Tail Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Monkey Tail Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Monkey Tail Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Monkey Tail Cactus

Latin name

Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Monkey Tail Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Monkey Tail Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Monkey Tail Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Monkey Tail Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Monkey Tail Cactus is 0.45meters x 0.35meters 0.45 M 0.35 M

Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis

Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis, sometimes listed under its old name of Hildewintera colademononis, is a stunning cactus with very long white and soft, hairlike spines. The common name “monkey's tail” refers to the appearance of the hairy stems. It is free flowering and the bright red blooms are particularly decorative.


Planting young plants

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Cleistocactus typically don't like direct afternoon sunlight and should be in partial shade through the hottest hours. They can take direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons. A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal. To plant, do this preferably during the warm season. To repot a cacti, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

 

Propagation

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Cleistocactus is propagated usually by grafting or sometime by cuttings, but the cuttings will generally not root. If you remove an offset, remember to let it dry for a week or so, letting the wound heal (cuttings planted to soon easily rot before they can grow roots). Rooting usually occurs within 3-8 weeks.

 
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