6'' Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus Senilis)

Regular price $30.00
Sale price $30.00 Regular price

6'' Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus Senilis)

Regular price $30.00
Sale price $30.00 Regular price
Product description

 The Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) is a unique and visually striking cactus characterized by its long, white, hair-like spines. Proper care is essential to keep this cactus healthy and thriving. Here are the detailed care instructions:

Watering Consistency

  • Frequency: Water sparingly. The Old Man Cactus is drought-tolerant and prefers to dry out completely between waterings.
  • Summer: Water every 2-4 weeks, depending on the heat and humidity of your environment. Check the soil to ensure it is completely dry before watering.
  • Winter: Reduce watering significantly, as the cactus enters a dormant period. Water once a month or less, ensuring the soil is dry.

Light Requirements

  • Indoors: Place the cactus in a location where it can receive plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. A south or west-facing window is ideal.
  • Outdoors: If placed outside, ensure it gets full sun but is protected from intense midday sun, which can scorch the plant. Partial shade during the hottest part of the day is beneficial.
  • Artificial Lighting: If natural light is insufficient, you can use a grow light to supplement the lighting needs.

Soil Requirements

  • Type: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent mix. You can also create your own by mixing regular potting soil with sand, perlite, or pumice to improve drainage.
  • pH Level: The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.
  • Potting: Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom, which can lead to root rot.

Additional Tips

  • Temperature: The Old Man Cactus prefers warm temperatures. It thrives in temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C). Protect it from frost and avoid temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
  • Fertilizing: Fertilize during the growing season (spring and summer) with a cactus-specific fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant period in winter.
  • Humidity: This cactus prefers low humidity levels. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure your Old Man Cactus remains healthy and continues to be a striking addition to your plant collectio

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