Old Lady Cactus (Espostoa Melanostele)
A spectacular cactus with a peculiar name - The 'Old Lady Cactus' is a stunning variety that will be sure to spark conversation. With its dense white hair and thick upright growth habit, the Espostoa Melanostele is a species of rare, endangered, long-lived, slow-growing plant.
Yes, while most cacti plants aren't poisonous to your pet, the chemical composition of the cacti sap can cause gastrointestinal ailments to your little friends. Plant has spines; use extreme caution when handling.
Common Names include:
Old Lady Cactus
Size (Can grow to)
Very slow growing with plants eventually reaching 50cm tall in 10 to 20 years. Older plants will form one to two offsets from base over time.
Full sun or partially shaded. Best under protected partially shaded positions outdoors. Indoors only in sunny positions otherwise they will lose their nice shape and become or open in growth
Low. Requires good draining succulent soil. Can be watered all year long, however if kept indoors allow soil to completely dry out between watering. When fertilising, it is recommended that 25% of the suggested dosage is used during growing months (spring and summer).