Sun: full sun to partial shade
Water: Typical water needs for a succulent
Temperature: Zone 8a from 10° F to 15° F (-12.2 ° C to -9.4° C)
Winter Survival: Not cold hardy
Propagation: cuttings, seeds
Flower: in the Spring and early Summer
Toxic: Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
Space Requirement: Outdoors
Common Problems: pests
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Basc Care for Oreocereus celsianus
Watering for Oreocereus celsianus is a simple task. It requires Typical water needs for a succulent.
Can you water your succulent more than what its need? The answer is yes and no. In extreme conditions, you can water your plants more often when you notice the soil is completely dry.
Only feed this succulent during its active growing seasons which means spring and fall. Use the right fertilizer applied in the right amounts. Applying half-strength balanced fertilizer every month or so is recommended for optimal results.
Do not fertilize during winter as the plant is dormant.
Sun & Location Requirements for "Old Man of the Andes"
Oreocereus celsianus needs full sun to partial shade in order to thrive. While this variety needs plenty of bright light, it is important not to place it in direct sunlight for extended periods of time as this can cause damage or scorching to the leaves and stems. A shadier spot with indirect light could be just what "Old Man of the Andes" needs.
In order to protect Oreocereus celsianus from freezing temperatures, it is important to provide adequate insulation and drainage. A layer of mulch or gravel will help protect the roots by keeping them warm during cold weather. In addition, protection from wind and sun exposure can help reduce the chances of frost damage.
Any succulents in the group will need a large space to grow. You should place your pot outdoor. Since this plant needs a lot of space than other succulents, you should consider not planting them together with other succulents/plants.
One way to propagate Oreocereus celsianus is by cutting
Oreocereus celsianus propagates easily from seeds, however it's important to look for healthy ones which are plump, dark in color and slightly sticky when touched. To start the propagation process, mix a soil mixture with well-draining potting mix then sow the seeds evenly and press them lightly into the surface. Finally, water the soil using a spray bottle and place it in bright but indirect light to ensure germination.
Oreocereus celsianus is not known to pose any significant health risks, as it is not considered to be toxic. However, it is best to keep the plant away from young children and pets, as they may ingest some of the parts of this plant that could contain toxins which can cause mild skin irritation.
Pests and Diseases
Oreocereus celsianus can be affected common pests and diseases like most of the other succulents such as mealybugs and scale insects.
If you do spot any of pest signs, you can treat your succulent using below methods.
- Mealybugs: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
- Scale insects: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
Besides that, to prevent serious health issues from happening, keep your succulent in a well-ventilated area and check it regularly for any signs of pests or health problems.