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The broad, flattened stems of Opuntia hybrid cristata ‘Roller Coaster’ truly do bear a resemblance to their namesake, as the twists and turns formed along the uppermost margins of the plant imitate the hairpin curves and precipitous drops characteristic of any amusement park! With oblong, almost leaf-like tubercles and wispy white hairs protruding from the surface of the plant, ‘Roller Coaster’ provides a visual thrill unlike any other succulent!
When exposed to full sun, the ‘leaves’ of ‘Roller Coaster’ will blush to a rosy red hue – though this specimen can still thrive, albeit with a more muted coloration, with only morning sun and afternoon shade. With a moderate growth rate for a cactus, this specimen will put on most of its size during the summer months – meaning that the thorough yet infrequent watering routine with which it will thrive can be reduced even further during the winter dormancy period. As further insurance against excess moisture, be sure to utilize a porous soil mixture within a well-draining pot, coupled with ample airflow around the stems and soil surface.
Hardy only to Zone 9, take measures to protect ‘Roller Coaster’ from frosty temperatures, which could otherwise cause permanent damage to the curving stems.
**Please Note: This plant is not available for wholesale**
All plants are shipped bare-root with the exception of Plant Club Subscription Boxes. Orders ship Monday-Friday each week. Please allow 1-3 business days for your order to be processed. We ship within the USA and its outlying territories ONLY.
Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!
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