Consolea rubescens

Consolea rubescens

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Consolea rubescens is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is Puerto Rico to Leeward Islands where it grows as a succulent tree in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

This is an almost spineless species with flattened cladodes and bumpy areoles. In its native environment it can reach up to 6m in height. Flowers are brightly coloured (red, orange or yellow) and they produce and a showy fruit.

Genus name honours the inspector of the Palermo Botanical Garden Michelangelo Console. Specific epithet means reddening.

Pot: ø 12cm.

Height: Approximately 35cm from base of pot.

Light: Provide this plant with full sun, you should grow it in a place that receives bright, filtered sunlight during the day.

Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely between waterings, aerate the mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.

Potting mix: Cactus Focus repotting mix or a well draining potting mix containing coco coir, gravel, horticultural sand and perlite.

Fertilising: Feed using a cactus specific fertiliser.

Temperature: Up to 38°C in summer and winter temperatures between 7-13°C.

Humidity: Average home humidity is fine.

Although this plant is non-toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children as even the minimal spines can be painful and irritating.