The Blue cactus is a succulent that is most easily identifiable by its lovely bright blue skin, which is complemented by its bright yellow spines. Not only do they look pretty and give you bragging rights, but they also improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and harmful pollutants like nitrogen dioxide and benzene. Originating from southern America, Pilosocereus Pachycladus is a very low maintenance plant that can be cared for by literally anyone! It goes dormant during winter and needs very little water. All it needs is to be kept in a bright, warm position by a window. Like it’s fellow cacti, the blue cactus has spikes which can cause some irritation and therefore touching the plant should be avoided not only for the sake of the plant, but also for your own precious fingers. This succulent is a unique addition to every plant family since unlike any other, it brings blue to your garden! The plant’s colour and nature, and it’s contrasting spikes make it a true wonder. Read on to know more!
Common name: Blue Cactus
Scientific name: Pilosocereus Pachycladus
Size: 1-2 feet when potted, 5-6 in suitable ground
Maintenance: Easy to grow
Toxicity: Non-toxic however the spines are dangerous and should be kept out of reach of pets and children.
Ideal Spot: They also tend to do better outdoors because they need so much direct sunlight, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Once in two weeks . Since they come from the arid regions, your cactus needs watering only once per month in winter, and once every two weeks in summers. Careful care must be taken to not overwater them, which can cause root rot.
Direct. The blue cactus, like most, needs a lot of bright and direct sunlight to flourish. However, it will tolerate dull or indirect sun.
Loose porous soil. Pilosocereus plants like dry soil with some organic material, and good drainage is essential. A fast draining potting mix like cactus soil does the trick.
Low. One can’t help but picture a cactus in hot scorching deserts. This imagery holds true since cactus ideally requires hot tropical temperatures, frost does not sit too well with them. Although they do survive even in moderate humidity.
Occasionally. While not mandatory, using a balanced diluted liquid fertiliser once every 3 weeks in the growing season from May to August helps in good growth.