Espostoa melanostele - Old man cactus

SKU: MYBG-CACT-ESPO-ESME
filler
Rs.500
Pot size: 4"

Flower Color

White

Fragrance

Non Fragrant

Flowering Season

Summer

Maintenance

Low

With Pots

Yes

Sunlight Requirement

Outdoor Shade,Outdoor Sun

Water Requirement

Twice A Week

Use

Low Maintenance,Outdoor

Espostoa melanostele

Family

Cactaceae

Native

Southern Ecuador

Description

E. melanostele is a slow growing columnar cactus which grows up to 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, but raised in a pot it will reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in 10 years. Even at a very young age, the cactus displays an abundance of long, woolly spines that cover and hide the body of the plant including sharp, white, yellow or red spines up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long.

Flowers are rarely born on a cephalium, unlike its close cousin E. lanata. When it blooms, it has orchid-like white flowers.

Environment

Originating from the hilly regions, this species requires low maintenance and enough sunlight to grow. This needs a little more water than most cacti for a healthy growth.
If kept outside it requires full sunlight and a bright spot if kept inside. During the growing season fertilising and watering regularly is the key to best results.

Landscape Uses

It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens

The easiest to keep alive - Cactus thrive on neglect! Coming from desert climates cactus love sun! However beware of the Indian afternoon sun! Keeping them in extreme heat, especially behind a glass which magnifies the heat can cause the cactus to burn. If you notice the cactus turning brown or yellow on the side facing the sun, try giving it a cooler place to thrive in!

For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.

Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.

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