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Oreocereus celsianus EXTRA OLD GTT07

Oreocereus celsianus EXTRA OLD GTT07

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Product Description

Oreocereus celsianus is a species of cactus native to the Andean regions of South America, particularly found in Bolivia and Argentina. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is commonly known as the "Old Man of the Andes" or "Old Man Cactus" due to its shaggy appearance resembling a beard. Here's a description and some cultivation tips for Oreocereus celsianus:

Description:

  • Appearance: Oreocereus celsianus is a columnar cactus with a cylindrical, ribbed stem that can grow up to several feet in height. The stems are usually bluish-green in color and covered with long, white spines, giving it a woolly or hairy appearance.
  • Flowers: In the wild, Oreocereus celsianus produces large, white or pinkish flowers that bloom nocturnally. These flowers are typically funnel-shaped and can be quite showy.
  • Growth habit: This cactus tends to grow slowly, especially in cultivation. It may take several years to reach significant size or bloom.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Light: Oreocereus celsianus prefers bright, indirect light. Place it near a south or east-facing window where it can receive plenty of sunlight. However, avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight for extended periods, especially during the hottest part of the day, as this can lead to sunburn.

  2. Temperature: This cactus prefers warm temperatures during the growing season, ideally between 70-80°F (21-27°C). During the winter months, it can tolerate cooler temperatures down to around 50°F (10°C). Protect it from frost, as it is not frost-tolerant.

  3. Soil: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix. You can also create your own by mixing regular potting soil with sand or perlite to improve drainage. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot.

  4. Watering: Like most cacti, Oreocereus celsianus is drought-tolerant and prefers infrequent but thorough watering. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, then water deeply, ensuring that excess water drains away. Reduce watering during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

  5. Humidity: This cactus prefers low to moderate humidity levels. It is adapted to arid conditions and may suffer from rot or fungal issues in excessively humid environments.

  6. Fertilization: Feed Oreocereus celsianus with a balanced cactus fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

  7. Potting: Repot the cactus every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one and has drainage holes at the bottom.

  8. Propagation: Oreocereus celsianus can be propagated from seeds or by taking stem cuttings. Allow cuttings to callus for a few days before planting them in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil lightly moist until new growth appears.

By providing the right growing conditions and proper care, you can enjoy the unique beauty of Oreocereus celsianus in your home or garden

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Plant height: 51cm

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