Elephant Cactus


Pachycereus pringlei (Mexican Giant Cardon)

Pachycereus pringlei (Mexican Giant Cardon) is the tallest cactus species in the world, with a maximum recorded height of 63 feet (19.2 m)…

Elephant Ear Care

Grow elephant ears in slightly acidic soil in partial shade. As a native wetland plant, elephant ears like a lot of water. This makes them a good choice for wet areas where gardeners usually have trouble finding suitable plants.

Plant them when the soil is well warmed, as befits their tropical origin. Tuber-type roots should be planted with the growth nodes facing up corm types with the pointy side up, about 5 inches deep. Space plants well apart—2 feet for smaller cultivars, 4 feet for larger varieties. Once they sprout, elephant ears require little tending, other than regular feeding with a fertilizer high in nitrogen. Make sure they stay well-watered during dry spells.

In colder climates, you can dig up the corms before first frost and keep them in a cool (but not freezing) basement or garage, similar to the way canna bulbs and dahlia tubers are overwintered. While they are in storage, make sure the corms neither rot nor totally dry out. Replant them in spring when the danger of frost has passed.

Beavertail Cactus (Optunia basilaris)

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Beavertail is a prickly pear cactus with pads that are mostly blue-green. It grows to about 20 inches high and up to 6 feet wide. Beavertail has dark cherry pink flowers that almost glow and smell like watermelon. It blooms late winter to early summer and is ideal for desert landscaping and drought-tolerant gardens. Beavertail looks great teamed with Angelita daisy and barrel cactus. Potted plants benefit from a diluted cactus fertilizer once a year, but plants in garden settings do not need to be fertilized.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 8 to 10
  • Color Varieties: Pink
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil Needs: Well-drained loam or sand

Growing Elephant Bush Indoors: How To Care For Elephant Bush Houseplants

Elephants eat it, but you need not fear for your Portulacaria unless you have a pet pachyderm. The plant is a succulent with fleshy, glossy leaves that grows as a small bush. They are only hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. Elephant bush houseplants (Portulacaria afra) thrive in bright light in a warm, draft free room. A few rules on how to care for elephant bush will help you grow a specimen of interest that may be a stand-alone plant or part of an intricate succulent garden.

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