Water spring through fall, allowing soil to dry completely before re-watering. Try to provide at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight per day. WATER: Keep soil relatively dry. It is believed that the white hairs provide protection from the intense ultraviolet light of the higher altitudes. As it grows it can sprout new stems from its base and form a small clump, with each stem reaching up to 4.0" wide and 20.0" tall. Water thoroughly when soil is dry.
They are similar in that they are predominently short-columnar species which are covered in thick white wool or hair. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. If indoors, it will want to be near a sunny window. Description: Oreocereus celsianus, or the "old man of the Andes" is a columnar, cactus growing in clumps that, in the wild, may reach and exceed 3 m of height (but usually less than 2 m tall).It is difficult to see the shape of the ribbed stem, as it is thickly clothed with silky white hairs. Oreocereus trollii old man of the mountain (This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. Conservatory, Containers, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Indoor, Rock. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase.
Oreocereus Trollii Cactus Affectionately know as the Old Man of the Andes, the Oreocereus Trollii is native the the extreme high altitudes of the Andes Mountains in Bolivia and Argentina. LIGHT: Full sun. The genus Oreocereus has a wide geographic distribution area, in the high mountains of the Andes, on high-plateaus, and grows mostly in full sun, on steep grounds between rocks, among grasses and bushes, from 1300 m up to 4250 m in altitude (O. trollii… The watering method is very important to keep your Old Man of the Mountain healthy. The stems have long, yellow to red spines that poke out of the wool. Columnar stems are densely covered in white wool (actually white radial spines that have evolved to resemble "hairs"), that totally obscures body of plant. All plants are curbside pick This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. .
There's a wide variety of cacti to grow; they offer a plethora of shapes, colors, and sizes so you can find one that suits your personality and decor style. In cultivation, Oreocereus requires bright light to produce dense hairs, but, as a former mountain dweller, does not care for extremely high temperatures. Post by Cereusly » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:32 pm iann, this plant gets rain all winter, and now that you mentioned that, I'm thinking that I should moved it to a protected spot and give it a dry winter.