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Pine Cone Cactus Tephrocactus

  • Tephrocactus articulatus var. inermis, also known as Pine Cone Cactus, is a succulent upright shrublet that can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall and spead 4 feet (1.2 m) wide. It produces small tufts with erect stems.

    All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
  • Full sun. Direct sunlight is necessary.

    Minimal water is needed. Pine Cone Cactus is drought-resistant and grows best in hot dry areas. Overwatering could lead to root rot.

    This plant prefers hot temperatures but it will tolerate a very wide range of temperatures.

    Porous and well-drained potting soil.

    You can propagate either by cuttings or by seed. To propagate by cuttings, remove a pad from the plant and let it callous over for a couple of days. Then place it in a dry soil and do not water it until it begins to grow. To propagate by seed, remove the pulp from the seeds and let them dry completely then plant them in dry well-drained soil – ideally in the spring.
  • USDA Hardiness Zone 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
  • Your plant will be meticulously bubblewrapped and shipped in a sturdy box. Most of the plants will be shipped bare-root to ensure their safety. If you want to receive the plastic pot & soil, please leave a note in your order. 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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Susan C.
United States United States
pine cone cactus

Was so excited when this guy arrived. Extremely well-packed; very healthy. Looking forward to seeing it grow!

Jodi B.
United States United States
Pine Cone Cactus

This plant arrived fast and was in perfect condition. It really does look like a pine cone! It will be fun to watch it grow!

Holly K.
United States United States
Fun cactus!

This thing is great!

Cathie K.
United States United States
Pine Cone Cactus

Love the Pine Cone Cactus and can't wait 'til it grows bigger:-)

Susan F.
United States United States
Pine Cone Cactus

Love this strange cactus! Looks like a porcupine, but I can see why it’s called pine cone too.