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Caribbean Tree Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Consolea falcata syn.Opuntia falcata

 

Caribbean Tree Cactus

Consolea falcata is tree-like, with a stout, straight, spiny brown trunk when older, and a heavy crown of thick-fleshy, oblong flat pads. The pads grow on main stems that can reach 2.5m. tall. If left untrimmed Consolea Falcata in its natural form can be a tall bushy plant, but it can also be trained into an umbrella type tree form over time by removing lower stems or pads. Synonyms include:Opuntia falcata, Consolea macracantha

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plant Features
  • Caribbean Tree Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Caribbean Tree Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Caribbean Tree Cactus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Caribbean Tree Cactus likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Caribbean Tree Cactus

Latin name

Consolea falcata syn.Opuntia falcata

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Caribbean Tree Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Caribbean Tree Cactus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Caribbean Tree Cactus likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Caribbean Tree 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 Caribbean Tree Cactus is 1.50meters x 2.50meters 1.50 M 2.50 M

Consolea falcata syn.Opuntia falcata

Consolea falcata is tree-like, with a stout, straight, spiny brown trunk when older, and a heavy crown of thick-fleshy, oblong flat pads. The pads grow on main stems that can reach 2.5m. tall. If left untrimmed Consolea Falcata in its natural form can be a tall bushy plant, but it can also be trained into an umbrella type tree form over time by removing lower stems or pads. Synonyms include:Opuntia falcata, Consolea macracantha


Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Long Spine Cactus can be propagated from seeds or from pads. Growing Long Spine Cactus from pad is comparatively easy than seeds. To facilitate the rooting it is preferable to wait until the cuts are perfectly healed (about 1 – 2 week) before planting. Tuck them an inch deep on the ground or in containers. The rooting take place in a short time, usually in a month. Save the rooting pad from afternoon sun and water it when top one inch of soil seems dry.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Growing Long Spine Cactus on a sunny location allows the plant to thrive and fruit. Long Spine Cactus is a tropical plant so it loves warm exposure. However, it can withstand temperatures down to 14 F (-10 C) but in areas with harsh winters it is good to plant it on a sheltered spot, near a wall or tall tree to protect it from cold drafts and fluctuation in temperature. If you’re living in a cooler climate, growing prickly pear cactus in a container is the better option for you as it can only be grown on the ground where winter temperature remains above 14 F (- 10 C).

 
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