"The New Plant Parent" Book by Darryl Cheng
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Myrtillocactus geometrizans is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is Mexico. It has a striking blue-green colour and branching, candelabra structure. Try to avoid touching the plant's tissue with your bare hands as you may leave behind an oily fingerprint, this is due to the cactus being covered in farina or epicuticular wax; “epicuticular waxes strongly influence the wettability, self-cleaning behaviour and the light reflection at the cuticle interface” (Bargel et al., 2006a).
Genus name comes from the Latin word myrtillus meaning ‘bilberry’ as the fruits of this plant are similar to those of the bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). The specific epithet comes from the Latin geometria meaning ‘geometry, land-survey’.
Pot: ø 10.5cm. Height: Approximately 8cm from base of pot.
Pot: ø 17cm. Height: Approximately 43cm from base of pot.
Light: Allow the plant to see the sun for as many hours of the day as possible; the plant ought to be able to see sun from where it is positioned in the home. A south facing window is ideal; the blue coloration will become more saturated with the proper sunlight.
Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely in between waterings; Myrtillocactus geometrizans prefer to stay on the dry side. During the winter water very infrequently, if at all, this will encourage flowering during the spring.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of perlite, grit and horticultural sand and a small amount of coco coir.
Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Low humidity; if the humidity is particularly high, good ventilation is key to prevent mildew and fungal disease.
Myrtilllocactus geometrizans are non-toxic, but spiky so keep out of reach of pets and children.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.