Peruvian Old Man Cactus

  • Espostoa lanata, also known as Peruvian Old Man Cactus or Peruvian Snowball Cactus, is a columnar cactus densely covered in wooly white hair.

    The cactus can grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and 23 feet (7 m) tall. Espostoa lanata has around 18 to 25 ribs and sharp spines but most are hidden inside the thick wooly cover.

    The plant branches and blooms after a couple of years. Its nocturnal flowers are white or purple, as large as 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, and bloom from late spring to early summer.

    Espostoa lanata grows quickly as a new plant but as soon as it reaches maturity, its growth slows down significantly and will eventually stop producing cephalium and flowers. However, if you live in areas with warm weather, you can plant Espostoa lanata directly into the ground, which promotes more vigorous growth and therefore the plant will flower.

    All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
  • Full sun to Partial sun.

    Porous and well-drained potting soil.

    Prefers dry condition. But water more often in the summer.

    Temperatures above 54°F (12°C) are best for Espostoa lanata.
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy as low as -12°C (or less).
  • Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants are shipped bareroot to ensure their safety. When opening your package, some soil may be loose in the box. Plant orders are shipped within 3-5 days depending on availability of the plant. We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, please message us so we can upgrade your shipping (additional cost applied). Here is our blog about the shipping process and packaging. We do not ship outside of the continental United States.

    *** All of our packages are sterilized before leaving the door.
  • We only ship out beautiful, healthy plants! Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival. If you receive your package and are not satisfied, please message us immediately. Fragile plants such as bearpaw, baby toe, etc. may break or loose a few of their leaves during transport. Please contact us for replacements if your plants are severely damaged. We'll try our best to accommodate you. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year.
  • Provide porous soil with adequate drainage, pots with drainage hole are recommended. Bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Never let your succulents sit in water. Do NOT water on the leaves. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes. The hotter it is outside, the faster your soil will dry out, so you’ll need to water more often if you live in a hot area. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods; protect from frost to prevent scarring.
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United States United States
Love it !!

Just as pictured. Arrived in excellent condition.

SucculentsBox.Com Peruvian Old Man Cactus Review
Robert O.
United States United States
Peruvian old man cactus

Got them in perfect condition Great strong plants Will be buying more in the future

patti p.
United States United States
Larger than I expected

He is a beautiful cactus and in good condition

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Janine J.
United States United States
It’s adorable

Good. It arrived at my friend's house in good shape.

Nicole O.
United States United States
Love it!

My order arrived quickly and all items were very carefully wrapped. This was my first order with Succulents Box, AND my first cactus purchase ever! So far everything looks ok.