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Cephalocereus senilis - Peruvian Old Man Cacti

5" Nursery Pot

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Introducing the venerable Old Man Cactus, a captivating addition that instantly commands attention in any succulent collection. Renowned for its distinctive appearance, this remarkable specimen derives its moniker from the long, shaggy white spines that gracefully cascade like the flowing beard of an aged sage. Hailing from the arid landscapes of Mexico, its enduring presence brings a touch of wisdom and character to any indoor oasis.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Common Name(s): Bunny Cactus, Old Man Cactus, White, Persian Cat Cactus
  • Phonetic Spelling: sef-uh-low-SAIR-ee-us SEE-nil-is
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Native Range: Arid regions of Mexico

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers bright, direct sunlight
  • Water: Allow soil to completely dry between watering, avoid overwatering
  • Humidity: Tolerates low to average humidity levels
  • Temperature: Thrives in temperatures between 60-70°F, can tolerate higher temperatures if humidity is low
  • Pruning: Pruning is typically unnecessary, remove dead or damaged parts as needed
  • Feeding: Fertilize with a balanced cactus fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer)
  • Propagation: Easily propagated from stem cuttings, or grow from seed
  • Growth: Upright, columnar growth habit, can reach heights of up to 12 feet (3.7 meters)
  • Pests: Occasionally susceptible to scale insects and mealybugs, inspect regularly
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets, but handle with care due to sharp spines