Plant Care Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Peruvian Old Man Cactus

4.9 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Peruvian Old Man Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Peruvian Old Man Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Cotton ball cactus and snowball cactus

Taxonomy

Espostoa lanata
Espostoa
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Water

How often to water your Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Water needs for Peruvian Old Man Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Peruvian Old Man Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Peruvian Old Man Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Peruvian Old Man Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Peruvian Old Man Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Peruvian Old Man Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Peruvian Old Man Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Peruvian Old Man Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Peruvian Old Man Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Peruvian Old Man Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Peruvian Old Man Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Peruvian Old Man Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Peruvian Old Man Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Jfishtruck avatar
@Jfishtruck
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 137 XP
09/06/2021

One of the most unique cactuses to ever own is an old man cactus. Bought my guy, Ye Olde Man, from an Etsy shop but it got lost in the mail system. Finally got it after two months of waiting and he was still alive—and has grown so much since!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Uwuuuv avatar
@Uwuuuv
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 50 XP
globe Abergele, Wales
05/19/2021

It doesn’t hurt to get pricked by him

Survivor Survivor

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