Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata Care & Buying Guide

Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata


Light requirementsHigh
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
Temperature resistanceNot frost-hardy
Growth speedFast
Indoor growingSuitable


Taking Care Of Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata

Ideal conditions

Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata has typical needs for a succulent – it thrives in full sunlight, requires little water, and doesn’t do well in low temperatures. With this in mind, it’s best to keep outdoors throughout the warm portion of the year, though you could grow Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata inside as well.


Water Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata only when its soil has become dry to the touch. This cactus does not need much water, and overwatering can cause root rot in it.

As a rule of thumb, water the cactus until water runs out of the drainage holes at the base of the pot. This will ensure that the soil is adequately moist.

Suspend watering your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata cactus in winter – the plant will be dormant and will require little to no water to survive.

Where to plant

To make sure that water does not accumulate in the soil, plant your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata cactus in a fast-draining cactus potting mix. You should also add perlite, coarse sand, or other cactus mineral grit to increase the draining ability of the soil.

If you are intending to keep your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata potted, then pick a pot that has large drainage holes at the bottom.

Considering that Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata thrives in direct sunlight, the ideal place for it is outdoors. Indoor growing is also possible, but it’s more challenging since you have a much more limited number of placement options. One of the very few indoor options is to place the cactus on a sunny window sill.

If you can’t ensure direct sunlight indoors all day, then you may compensate for the lack of light with grow lights. But do keep in mind that natural light is preferable, so if possible, move your cactus outdoors.

On very hot days, move your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata cactus to a shaded location to prevent sunburn. This cactus is fairly heat-resistant, but extreme heat can be very damaging to it.

General care information

Fertilize your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata cactus throughout spring and summer to ensure consistent growth. Use a cactus fertilizer diluted to half strength once every 4-8 weeks.

If you’ve just repotted your cactus into fresh soil, then you don’t need to fertilize it – the fresh soil will have sufficient nutrients to feed the cactus. Fertilize the cactus if it hasn’t been repotted into fresh soil for a year or so.

Speaking of repotting, it’s another thing that you’ll need to occasionally do. You may repot your Stenocereus Hollianus Cristata cactus once it outgrows its pot, which will probably happen every other year.  Alternatively, you may repot the cactus every spring. Frequent repotting allows you to have a look at the health of the roots, as well as introduce the cactus to fresh, nutritious soil.