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 Cereus Peruvianis Monstrose Question

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Olga
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PostSubject: Cereus Peruvianis Monstrose Question   Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Is there two forms of the Monstrose? I was reading there is a large and dwarf variety, the pictures I saw show a lighter green sort of hairy one, and the large dark green monstrose. But I have found a lot of online info incorrect before of course...
Anyway i seem to have one of each, a small arm of the darker one off a large plant and then a small light green one, is the latter just a baby that will grow, or actually a dwarf?
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PostSubject: Re: Cereus Peruvianis Monstrose Question   Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:33 am

I've often wondered this myself. At the very least, there are two distinct Cereus monstrose forms - I suspect they are actually clones rather than seed-grown - commonly in circulation, although whether they are both Cereus peruvianus is a bit questionable. From what I can tell, the dwarf form is either a relatively recent cultivar or really short lived as I have only ever seen very small and presumably quite young specimens, whereas I have seen some very large and much older examples of the large form.

I personally doubt that the dwarf plants that we see so often are related at all to the original Cereus peruvianus.
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PostSubject: Re: Cereus Peruvianis Monstrose Question   Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:34 am

Ok down at Collector's Corner (which very unfortuantely for my wallet I live around the corner from) they sell both forms as Cereus Peruvianis, I can see a colour difference in the smaller plants. This one I have here that came in a bulk lot I bought I assume is a 'dwarf'


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Anyhoo I think I'll be safer buying large cuttings off a Daddy plant rather than trying to grow a small one for the garden
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