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Peruvian Old Man Cactus

47 reviews
  • 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 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.

    *** The size options are represtentative of pots that the plants come in. Sometimes customer may receive multiple plants instead of a large one to make up size.

    *** 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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Tiffany m.
United States United States

Everything was packaged beautifully and my new babies arrived healthy and beautiful!

United States United States
Peruvian Old Man Cactus

I just adore my old man cactus. He arrived in great shape all bundled securely,now just waiting for him to grow.

Grace Y.
United States United States

Ok so I bought this under the impression that it had no spikes. Because they said so lol. And it definitely does, just hidden under the fuzz. Other than that happy.

Katie W.
United States United States

Thrilled to get a wishlist plant of mine. I LOVE this cactus! Both plants I ordered came in excellent condition and were bigger than expected. Totally worth it!

Lilian S.
United States United States
Old Man Cactus

It looks just as advertised on the website. Very densely wooly and 3 inches tall. A very nice specimen at a fair price!