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Polaskia Chichipe

Polaskia (named after American amateur Charles Polaski) is a genus of tree-like cacti reaching 4 – 5 metres high. Polaskia grow slowly and are cold intolerant, make sure that they are not exposed to freezing temperatures.

During the summer it is best to keep the plants outside where the temperature can rise to over 30 C with no harm to the plant. Ensure good drainage and use an open and free draining mineral compost that allows therefore roots to breathe. They like only a short Winter's rest and should be kept almost completely dry during the Winter months. From March onwards the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late May when the plant should be in full growth. 

During hot weather you may need to water the plants more frequently so long as the plant is actively growing. From late September watering should be reduced to force the plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy. By October you should be back in to the Winter watering regime.

Needs full sun, avoiding only the harshest summer sun. Feeding may not be necessary at all if the compost is fresh then, feed in summer only if the plant hasn't been repotted recently.

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Technical notes

Common name Chichipe/Chichibe/Chichituna
Latin name Polaskia Chichipe
Availability Good
Frost tolerance 0°C
Planting location Full Sun
Watering Requirements Medium
Growth Rate Average
Preferred Soil Any
Height when mature 5 Metres

Measurement: Container Diameter
Size Range Price Approximate Quantity Required
25cm 50
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