Peruvian Old Man Cactus

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The Peruvian Old Man Cactus, scientifically known as Espostoa melanostele, is a captivating species native to the arid regions of Peru. With its shaggy appearance reminiscent of a venerable old man's beard, it adds a unique charm to any succulent collection. Understanding its care requirements is essential to ensure its health and longevity.

 * You will receive ONE (1) 2” plant, unless stated otherwise. Refer to our FAQ for more information.

Peruvian Old Man Cactus Plant Care


This cactus thrives in well-draining soil and requires infrequent watering to prevent root rot. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering's, especially during the dormant winter months. Overwatering can be detrimental, so err on the side of underwatering rather than overwatering.


Peruvian Old Man Cactus prefers bright, indirect light. Place it near a sunny window where it can receive several hours of sunlight each day. However, avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight for prolonged periods, as this can lead to sunburn.


These cacti are adapted to warm temperatures and do best in environments with daytime temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C). They can tolerate cooler temperatures down to 50°F (10°C) but should be protected from frost, which can cause damage or even kill the plant.

Soil Mix:

A well-draining soil mix is crucial for the health of Peruvian Old Man Cactus. Use a blend specifically formulated for cacti and succulents or create your own mix using equal parts of coarse sand, perlite, and potting soil. This will ensure proper drainage and prevent waterlogged roots.


These cacti are adapted to low humidity environments and do not require additional humidity. In fact, high humidity levels can increase the risk of fungal diseases. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent moisture buildup.


Fertilize sparingly during the growing season, typically from spring to early fall. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength and apply it once a month. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant winter months, as the plant is not actively growing and does not require additional nutrients.


Peruvian Old Man Cactus is non-toxic to humans and pets, making it a safe option for households with curious animals or young children. However, its spines can cause irritation if handled roughly, so it's best to wear gloves when handling the plant.

With its unique appearance and relatively low maintenance requirements, the Peruvian Old Man Cactus is a delightful addition to any succulent collection. By providing the proper care in terms of watering, light, temperature, soil mix, humidity, and fertilizer, you can ensure that this fascinating cactus thrives in your home or garden for years to come.


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Peruvian Old Man Cactus