Mountain Elder (Oreocereus celsianus)

The Oreocereus celsianus cactus is one of the most popular in succulent collections and gardens. And it is that, not only supports very high temperatures, but it is not harmed by frosts -weak-.

In addition, although it does not produce flowers as showy as others in its family, it by itself is already a plant with high ornamental value that will not be difficult to care for if you follow our advice .

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a cactus or succulent cactus native to Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Its scientific name is Oreocereus celsianus, although it is popularly called elder of the Andes or elder of the mountain. It develops columnar stems, forming groups, up to 3 meters high, each measuring 8 to 12 cm in diameter. These are covered in soft white hairs, and they sprout from the areolas on each rib. It has 1 to 4 central spines up to 8cm long, and 7 to 9 radial spines up to 2cm long.

The flowers are tubular, slightly curved, pale pink-dark red in color, and 7 to 9cm long by 3cm in diameter.

What are their cares?

Image – Wikimedia/ Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with perlite in equal parts.
    • Garden: grows in well-drained soils. If yours is not like that, make a hole of 50cm x 50cm, and mix the earth with perlite in equal parts.
  • Watering: about 2 times a week in summer, and every 7 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer, with fertilizer for cacti following the indications specified on the package.
  • Multiplication: by seeds and cuttings in spring-summer.
  • Hardiness: it resists up to -4ºC, but if it is young it will need protection against hail.

Did you know the Oreocereus celsianus ?

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