Oreocereus Hendriksenianus Cactus Plant

SKU: MYBG-CACT-OREO-HEKS

Pot size: 4"
Price:
Sale priceRs.360.00

Delivery time: 3-4 working days

Balcony

Use

Pink & Red

Flower Color

Non Fragrant

Fragrance

Summer

Flowering Season

Low

Maintenance

Oreocereus

Genus

Yes

With Pots

Small

Size

Outdoor Shade,Outdoor Sun

Sunlight Requirement

Product Description

Oreocereus hendricksenianus is a clustered columnar cactus.

Cereus hendriksenianus 

Family

Cactacaea

Native

Peru, Chile

Description

Oreocereus hendricksenianus also called as Old man of Andes is a clustered columnar cactus that form groups up to 1.4 m tall and 2 m in width. The 3- to 4-inch-wide stem grows to about 3 feet tall and branches freely from the base, forming a many-stemmed clump up to 6 feet across. The cactus is also armed with up to 2-inch-long, sharp, central spines growing from large areoles.

At first the body is club shaped, becoming cylyndrical with age, though growth is slow. The beauty of this plant lies in the covering of silky white, yellowish, red-brown to black hair, completely concealing the stem, protruding through which are stout, brightly coloured spines.

It flowers from spring to summer. The diurnal red tubelike flowers appear near the ends of the stems.

Environment

Oreocereus cactus need full sun exposures with ample airflow to produce dense hairs, but, as a former mountain dweller, does not care for extremely high temperatures in summer.

Grow it in a rich and particularly draining substratum, as it is very sensitive to rottenness when in presence of humidity and low temperatures and let the soil dry out between waterings.

In summer, during the vegetative period, it must be regularly watered, but allowing the substratum to completely dry up before irrigating again; in winter, it’s to be kept dry. Preferable not to water on overcast days, humid days or cold winter days.

A slow-release fertilizer applied in the spring will be sufficient for the whole year. Repot in the spring, when their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. After repotting, do not water for a week or more.

Landscape Uses

Excellent as landscape or patio plant. It is suitable for small “desert” 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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