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Cereus forbesii monstrose ‘Ming Thing’

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Sku: 0850300

This lovably abnormal thing is quite a “thing” indeed...‘Ming Thing'. It’s a monstrose (monster) form of Cereus forbesii (aka C. validus), meaning that it exhibits naturally occurring mutant growth, in the form of sculptural club-like shapes. Woolly areoles and short black spines appear on top of these myriad bizarro stems, which kind of resemble rounded, clenched fists. Ming thing is excellent for windowsill or dish garden culture. While people tend to think of cacti as sun lovers, this mutant variety is thrilled to bask in shade or filtered light. Prefers warmer temperatures during cold winter months. 


Recommended pairings: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii friedrichiiGymnocalycium baldianum
Bloom time: Not available
Size: Up to 12 inches tall and 6 inches wide
Porous cactus soil with adequate drainage
Partial shade to full sun with ample airflow
Water thoroughly when soil is completely dry to the touch. Less water during cold winter months to prevent root loss
Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a (30-35° F)
Protect from frost to prevent scarring



Part of what makes succulents so fascinating are the myriad ways they express themselves throughout the year, depending on light, season, temperature, soil, and hydration. For those and other reasons, the plants you receive may not look exactly as they appear on our website.


Caring for your new plant is easy with Greg's help. You'll receive a companion app that provides ongoing Cereus forbesii monstrose ‘Ming Thing’ care, plant health tips, and help from a community of other Altman customers that will ensure your new plant thrives in its new home.

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