Espostoa melanostele “Peruvian Old Lady” - 3.5"

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Espostoa melanostele is a columnar cactus with dense white hair and golden spines. In time it will form a branched, tree-like column to 7 feet in height. Native to mountainous Peru at elevations of 4,000 to 7,000 feet. Prefers excellent air circulation and cactus soil with extra pumice or perlite for extra drainage. In cultivation, Peruvian old lady requires bright light to produce dense hairs, but, as a former mountain dweller, does not care for extremely high temperatures. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, but water should be infrequent in the cold winter months and should not allow the soil to remain waterlogged. It is best to refrain from watering on cloudy, overcast or very humid days as well. Protect from frost, and from extreme heat.


Recommended pairings: Coming soon
Bloom time: Late spring to summer
Size: To 7 feet high and 2 feet wide
Plant in porous soil with excellent drainage
Bright light to full sun with ample airflow
Water thoroughly seasonally when soil is completely dry to the touch (see above for additional info)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9a (20-25° F)


Part of what makes succulents so fascinating are the myriad ways they express themselves throughout the year, depending on light, season, temperature, soil, and hydration. For those and other reasons, the plants you receive may not look exactly as they appear on our website.

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