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Basic Info

Stenocereus Thurberi is also known as the ’Organ Pipe Cactus’. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to around 15 cm (6″) in diameter and about 4.9 m (16ft) tall. The plant is best known for how slow it branches out and the beautiful green looking stem with several ribs and small spines al l around it.

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Pachyereeae
Genus: Sternocereus

Care and Propagation Information


Stenocereus Thurberi ’Organ Pipe Cactus’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Organ Pipe Cactus healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Stenocereus Thurberi ’Organ Pipe Cactus’

This succulent type is a rather large one which blooms in the spring. 

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 4.9 m (16ft) tall
  • Grows up to 15 cm (6″) wide
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 9b-11b -3.9 °C (25°F)
  • Best propagated by seeds

Where to Plant

Stenocereus Thurberi ’Organ Pipe Cactus’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9b-11b which is around -3.9 °C (25 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Organ Pipe Cactus in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Stenocereus Thurberi ’Organ Pipe Cactus’

Organ Pipe Cactus can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Stenocereus Thurberi ’Organ Pipe Cactus’ Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

The Organ Pipe Cactus is native to The United States and Mexico.