Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Eastern Bolivia, and Northern Argentina. This succulent thrives in semi-humid forests and on sandy substrates. Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis is known to be only the largest or tallest succulent. Due to its size, this succulent can be easily trimmed to modify to desired shape or size.
|Scientific Name:||Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis|
|Other Names:||Brazilian Prickley Pear, Cactus Papaya Tree|
|Growth Season:||Spring, Summer, and Fall.|
|Preferred Temperature:||20 to 35 degrees Celsius|
|Hardiness Zone:||USDA Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b|
|Average Mature Height:||Can grow up to 66 feet tall|
|Dormancy:||Winter Season or during the colder months|
|Toxicity:||Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis is non-toxic to both animals and humans. Even with this succulent onsite, your pets or kids can play around the house by themselves.|
Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis Physical Characteristics
This succulent is known to be a tree-like cactus. Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis is one of the tallest succulents at 66 feet tall. It develops a robust root system to support the succulent’s prominent structure. The stems are rope-like. It is dark green with thin, slightly shrunken cladodes on a central cylindrical trunk.
Its leaves are large and light green. It has white areoles that bear one or two small brown upright spines. Adult Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis blooms light brown, yellow, or orange flowers during summer. Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis has pear-shaped fruits that are usually yellow, red, or purple.
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Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis Care
This is a slow-growing plant. If placed indoors, you may water your succulent less frequently. Make sure to avoid using cold water during the winter season. Generally, Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis is drought resistant.
Check if the soil is arid before watering. This succulent thrives in full sunlight and can survive even with partial shade. Use a mixture of 65% leaf mulch and 35% coarse sand as your potting mixture. You may only feed your succulent every 2 to 3 months during its growing season. Do not feed it during the winter season. Dilute your mineral fertilizer into the water.
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Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis Growth
This succulent can be more easily propagated from pads than through seeds. It doesn’t require much pruning. For the cutting method, use clean garden scissors to remove the tip of a healthy pad. Allow the cuttings to be calloused for 1 to 2 weeks before replanting. Remove any dying or dead flowers, branches, or leaves so the plant can use its nutrients for healthy growth.
Repotting your cactus only during spring or when its roots become cramped is advisable. Remember to use fresh soil when repotting to avoid transferring any existing pests or bacteria with your newly replanted Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis.
The good news, this type of succulent is quite resistant to pests and diseases. However, watch out for mealy bugs that might attack your Brasiliopuntia Brasiliensis during prolonged drought and fungi if the plant experiences excessive watering.
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