Biberry Cactus (Myrtillocactus Geometrizans)

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • This cactus, known as the bilberry cactus or “blue candle”, is a native of the deserts of northern and central Mexico.
  • It is a shrubby cactus growing to around 4 meters in height, and branches strongly as it ages.
  • Mature plants are generally much taller than most other plant species found in the region, making the bilberry cactus a defining feature of the landscape.
  • In some areas, entire forests of these cacti are found.
  • This cactus has the bluish-green color and waxy surface typical of the species.
  • This waxy layer acts as a sealant, preventing vital water from evaporating in the hot, dry air.
  • For such an imposing plant, its flowers are quite small – just 3 centimeters long at most.
  • They usually appear in small groups around the needles.
  • These flowers develop small, thornless fruit.
  • Dark red or violet, they are similar in size and appearance to blueberries or bilberries, explaining how the cactus got its name.
  • These fruits have a sweet, pleasant taste and are edible.
  • They are harvested in the wild in Mexico and sold in markets as garambullos.
  • They can be eaten fresh or dried like raisins, and are also popular in ice cream and cakes.

SOIL REQUIREMENT

  • A cactus will require soil that's pebbly, sandy, porous, and one that provides excellent drainage and aeration.
  • The right type of soil will need to dry quickly after you water the plant.
  • A pre-mix succulent/cactus potting soil will be suitable.

FEEDING/FERTILIZER REQUIREMENT

  • At a minimum, fertilizing cactus plants once a year is a good rule of thumb, but if you're really organized and can set up a schedule, feeding them 2-3 times per year in the spring, summer and fall will easily satisfy your cacti fertilizer requirements.

LIGHT REQUIREMENT

  • Typically, most cacti species need at least four to six hours of sunlight to thrive.
  • These plants love being in bright and sunny locations.

WATER REQUIREMENT

  • Water a cactus around once a week in the hottest months.
  • In most cases, this is the perfect amount to provide adequate moisture without causing too much water to remain in the soil and soak the roots.
  • When it's time to water, do so until the soil is saturated.

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