Espostoa Lanata

Espostoa Lanata

$168.00 inc. GST

POT MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 20cm(Ø) x 18cm(H)

Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability

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Espostoa Lanata [es-POS-toh-uh la-NA-tuh] is a columnar type cactus belonging to the genus Espostoa and the family Cactaceae, and the specific epithet, lanata, means woolly.

This cactus hails from Peru and Ecuador and is also known as:

  1. Peruvian Old Man Cactus
  2. Cotton Ball Cactus
  3. Snowball Old Man
  4. Woolish Espostoa
  5. Snowball Cactus
  • Peruvian Old Man Cactus is quite similar to another columnar cactus known as the Old Man Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis), and care instructions for these two types of cactus are interchangeable.
  • The main difference between these two cacti is that Peruvian Old Man has spiny thorns and the Old Man of Mexico does not.
  • Lighting should be bright in the wintertime and quite sunny throughout the summer.
  • As a desert dweller, this cactus does well in full sun.
  • These cacti can tolerate temperatures as low as 10° degrees Fahrenheit.
  • However, they will do better if protected from freezing.
  • The plant should be watered well during the hot months of the summer, but leave plenty of time for the soil to dry out thoroughly between waterings.
  • During the wintertime, your cactus should be kept dry.
  • Cotton ball cactus does best when kept in well-draining, fertile soil.
  • It can do well with a pH level ranging from 6.1 to 7.8.
  • If you’re keeping your Peruvian Old Man as a houseplant, use a combination of perlite and peat moss as your potting medium, here is another cactus soil recipe.
  • Alternately, you can use a packaged cactus mix.
  • Be sure to use an unglazed pot with ample drainage to prevent problems with root rot.
  • A cactus fertilizer used monthly is appreciated.


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