'Peruvian Old Man' Cactus
OVERVIEW+ Comes in a 12" plastic container. Approximately 12" tall currently.
This wonderful cactus truly has a personality with its fuzzy coat, you will be hard pressed not to give it a name like Bernard, Albert or Herman. Originating from the Andes, it has adapted to higher altitudes. Comprised of different stacked ribs that are hidden by the wooly tissue, it has long sharp spikes. You will find the need to comb your old man from time to time, which will help with its care and maintenance. Fun fact: In Peru people still use the outer covering of this cactus as filler for their pillows.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Cactaceae / Espostoa
Espostoa Lanata / Peruvian Old Man / Peruvian Snowball Cactus / Cotton Ball Cactus / Snowball Cactus / Snowball Old Man
Can get up to 8" in diameter and grow up to 23 feet tall. Slow growing.
If planting outdoors or leaving your container outside, this cactus survives in Zone 9b-11b. While this cactus can tolerate temperatures as low as 12 degrees F, it really should be taken indoors once the temperatures start going below 50 degrees F.
Water well in the summer hot months, but allow the soil to dry out during waterings. Fertilizer monthly during the growing months. During the wintertime, keep the cactus dry with minimal waterings.
Cactus mix or blend of sand, perlite, and topsoil is great for this cactus. Preferred pot method is a terra-cotta or unglazed pot so that it can wick away any access moisture. They like their soil on the dry side.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, white to purple night blossoms that can bloom up to 2" in diameter, usually in late spring to early summer.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. Old Man cactus can either be grown from seeds or cuttings. Seeds take a very long time, so if you want to propagate quickly use cuttings. The cuttings need to form a callus before replanting, so let it dry out for a couple of days. coat this in rooting powder, and then place into soilless medium (such as sand or perlite), until the cutting has rooted, which can take a couple of weeks, do not water during this time. After roots have formed, you can transplant into cactus soil mixture and water.
Too much water can lead to root rot / Common pests: Mealy, Scale, and flying pests that like to hide within the hair.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.