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Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus)(Breast Cactus)

Scientific Name:

Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus)(Breast Cactus)

Common name:

Breast Cactus, Titty Cactus











Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

The Myrtillocactus geometrizans, more commonly known as the Breast Cactus, is a unique and fascinating succulent native to Mexico. It is an evergreen shrub with a globular shape that can reach up to 5 feet in height and 4 feet in width. Its stems are densely packed with short spines that give it a distinct texture and appearance. The Breast Cactus has bright green leaves that are flat and oval-shaped, measuring up to 2 inches long. In the springtime, it produces stunning white flowers that measure up to 3 inches across. These flowers have yellow centers and are very fragrant, attracting bees and other pollinators. In terms of care requirements, the Breast Cactus prefers well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. It should be watered regularly during its growing season (spring through fall) but allowed to dry out between waterings. It is also important to protect this plant from frost during the winter months. The history of the Breast Cactus dates back centuries ago when it was first discovered by Spanish explorers in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert region. Since then, it has become a popular ornamental plant due to its unique shape and attractive flowers. Today, it can be found growing in gardens around the world as an easy-to-care-for houseplant or outdoor succulent specimen.
The Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus) succulent prefers bright indirect light, meaning it should be placed in an area that receives some direct sunlight but not too much. It should also have access to medium light for several hours a day, as this will help the plant thrive. Finally, low light is acceptable for this succulent as well, though it may grow slower in these conditions.
The Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus) succulent prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH. The ideal soil should be light and airy, containing equal parts of organic matter such as compost or peat moss, coarse sand, and perlite. It is important to ensure that the soil does not become soggy or waterlogged, as this can lead to root rot. Additionally, it is beneficial to add some fertilizer during the growing season for optimal growth.
The Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus) succulent should be watered about once a week, depending on the season and temperature. In the summer months, you may need to water more frequently. The soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings, and make sure not to over-water as this can cause root rot. If the soil is still moist after a few days, wait until it has dried out before watering again.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Breast Cactus) succulent is between 40-50%. This means that the air should be slightly moist but not overly humid. It's important to maintain this level of humidity in order to ensure that your Breast Cactus stays healthy and happy.