Neobuxbaumia Polylopha is native to Guanajanto, Mexico. This succulent is known to plant enthusiasts due to its attractive physical characteristics. It thrives in limestone canyon walls and thorny deciduous forests. Aside from its aesthetic advantage, it has no known medicinal or culinary usage.
|Golden Saguaro, Cone Cactus
|70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
|USDA Hardiness Zones 9b to 11
|Average Mature Height & Width:
|15 meters tall and 1 meter in diameter
|Neobuxbaumia Polylopha is non-toxic to both animals and humans. You need not worry about leaving your pets or kids around this succulent.
Neobuxbaumia Polylopha’s Physical Characteristics
Golden Saguaro or Neobuxbaumia Polylopha is known for its ribbed appearance and cone-like shape. It is a solitary succulent with a stem that is 13 meters tall. This succulent is also a rapid grower, requiring much space for its roots to set in. The stems are covered with thin yellow spines that look like bristles.
During the summer season, Neobuxbaumia Polylopha produces small clusters of deep red to magenta flowers on its tip. It also produces small, cylindrical, greenish fruits approximately 4 centimeters long.
The fruits mature rapidly, and the seeds can germinate in only three weeks. When the fruits mature, they open and form a star shape opening, revealing the black seeds and white pulp.
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Neobuxbaumia Polylopha Care
You may water your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha once a week during its growing season. Ensure to lessen the watering frequency during winter to avoid root rot.
This succulent prefers full sunlight to direct sunlight for at least 5 hours daily. If your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha is placed indoors, place them by the window or in a location wherein they can get plenty of sunlight.
Use well-draining soil for your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha. It requires a gritty and sharply draining soil mixture to grow fully. You may feed your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha monthly with a mineral cactus fertilizer.
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Neobuxbaumia Polylopha Growth
This succulent can be easily propagated through stem cuttings but can also be propagated through seeds. When using the cuttings method, make sure you use clean garden scissors. Allow the cuttings to be calloused for a few days before replanting to avoid transferring any pests or diseases.
Remember that germination can take 2 to 3 weeks when propagating through seeds. Neobuxbaumia Polylopha does not require much pruning. However, removing dying or dead parts of your succulent might help prevent any spread of these unwanted pests or diseases.
It is also crucial to check and prune any root rot. When repotting, make sure to use fresh soil. This will improve the soil’s drainage and avoid clogging that can eventually lead to root rot. It is advisable to prune or repot your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha during its growing season.
Avoid any activities during its dormant season, which is during the winter. Watch out for common pests or diseases that may infect your Neobuxbaumia Polylopha. Among the common pests to keep an eye on are mealybugs and scales.
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