This plant is a succulent shrub native to Ecuador and thrives in dry tropical regions. Armatocereus Godingianus is a tree-like succulent that has distinct spines. Armatocereus comes from the Latin word ‘armatus’ meaning ‘armed’, and ‘cereus’, meaning ‘soft’.
|Scientific Name:||Armatocereus Godingianus|
|Other Names:||Britton & Rose|
|Growth Season:||Summer Season|
|Preferred Temperature:||Above 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 degrees Celsius)|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Hardiness Zone 11|
|Average Mature Height:||3 to 10 meters tall|
|Toxicity:||Be careful handling your Armatocereus Godingianus, as it might poison animals and humans. Avoid leaving your pets or kids unattended with this type of succulent.|
Armatocereus Godingianus’s Physical Characteristics
Its stems are cylindrical, branched, and grow upright. The stems also have distinct ribs corresponding to their annual growth. During the summer season, Armatocereus Godingianus blooms tubular white flowers. It also produces oblong green fruits covered with yellow spines. The fruits contain black kidney-shaped seeds.
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Armatocereus Godingianus Care
This succulent is an easy-to-grow and low-maintenance plant. If your Armatocereus Godingianus is not getting enough sunlight or when placed indoors, provide 0.8 cups of water every 12 days.
It is advisable to check if the soil is already dry before watering to avoid root rot. Since Armatocereus Godingianus is drought resistant, you may water it sparingly during its growing season and lessen the watering frequency during winter.
This succulent prefers full to partial sunlight. Use a soil mixture with 50% aged, black, fine compost, 15% sandy loam, 15% perlite or pumice, and 20% delicate peat moss. Armatocereus Godingianus doesn’t need much feeding.
Giving fertilizer to your succulent might help to provide additional nutrients it might need. You can feed your cactus once a year, preferably during its growing season. Like watering, you must avoid feeding your succulent during its dormant season.
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Armatocereus Godingianus Growth
Armatocereus Godingianus can be propagated through cuttings and seeds. Choose a healthy mother plant during cutting to ensure a more successful propagation. Also, remember to use clean garden scissors to cut. Allow your cuttings to be calloused for 2 to 3 days before replanting to avoid any possible transfer of existing bacteria and pests.
Armatocereus Godingianus often requires pruning. It might help to remove any dying or dead parts of your succulent for the plant to use its nutrients properly. Pruning also helps to promote the growth of your succulent.
You may repot your Armatocereus Godingianus once it has doubled its size already. Choose a bigger pot to allow your succulent to grow fully. Also, it is advisable to use fresh soil when repotting.
This will allow your plant to breathe correctly and eliminate pests and diseases. Fortunately, Armatocereus Godingianus is not prone to any pests. However, like most succulents, it is crucial to watch out for providing enough sunlight and avoid overwatering your succulent.
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