Interior Jungle

Old Lady Cactus (Espostoa Melanostele)

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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. 

Pet Friendly 
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.

Botanical Name 
Espostoa Melanostele

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. 

Position
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 

Watering
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).