How to grow Old Man Cactus

Old man cactus growing cactus of the genus Cephalocereus also known as Cephalocereus senilis, Old man cactus perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert with warm winter or dry tropics or subtropical climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11+.

Stem color green the stem full of hairs like white hairs cover the entire cactus

Old man cactus flower

Flower color pink with multi petals, flowers start after maturity it cam takes more than 10 years

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How to grow Old man cactus growing and care:

Well drained soil, more than 15C

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, (but it’s hard to find seeds)

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, mealybugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead part

Size of the plant?
0.5-10m, 20-400 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes (with a lot of light)

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Pink showy flowers with multi petals

Scientific name:

Cephalocereus senilis

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