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Forest Cacti

 Forest Cacti

 

Common Name(s)

Forest Cacti

Latin Name

Lepismium Bolivianum

Care Level

Perfect For Beginners

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Light

These plants will grow best in bright indirect light that represents their native conditions.

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Water

The soil should be allowed to dry out between watering, unlike other cacti you should give it a small amount of water in the winter if you see the leaves starting to shrivel.

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Humidity

Average home humidity is fine, environments high in humidity should be avoided.

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Temperature

This plant requires warm temperatures of 18°-25°C.

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Fertiliser

You can use diluted cacti fertiliser once a month or during the summer months. Too much plant food causes excess salt build up in the soil that can result in damage to the plant so take care with this.

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Toxicity

Not known to be toxic but should not be ingested.

Why have red marks appeared on my forest cactus?

These are scorch marks from exposure to direct sunlight. Prolonged periods of sun on non-acclimated specimens will lead to sun-scorch. You need to build tolerance to sunlight by increasing the amount of light over a period of time.

Why has my cactus not flowered?

These plants will only flower once they reach maturity, this can take a few year. You also need to consider creating consistent conditions for the plant of high daytime temperatures and lower night time temperatures of around 10-12°C this will help to increase your chances of flowers.

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