Aloe Juvenna

Aloe Juvenna – Everything You Need to Know

Aloe juvenna is also known as Tiger Tooth Aloe, and it is native to Kenya. It is a vibrant plant with spiked green leaves that turn reddish-bronze during the summer. It is because of the spiked leaves and “fear-inducing” look that makes it very eye-catching.

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Aloe Juvenna @Amazon

Unlike most Aloes with basal rosettes, alternating leaves cover the stem of the Aloe juvenna. The leaves grow as high as a foot in clusters.

Caring for Aloe Juvenna Succulents

To care for your Tiger Tooth Aloes, you need to put the following factors into consideration:

Lighting

Tiger Tooth Aloes can be grown indoors or outdoors. If you are going for the former, ensure it is a bright spot in your home. The best spot to place your Aloe juvenna indoors is close to a south or west-facing window.

If you overwater and do not provide enough sunlight, the roots of your Aloe juvenna succulents will rot, and the plant will appear shriveled.

If you do not get adequate sunlight throughout the year, you should consider getting a grow light to provide additional lighting for your succulents. Grow lights are particularly useful during the dark winters.

When it comes to growing Aloe juvenna succulents outside, ensure you provide a partial shade. If you expose your Tiger Tooth Aloes to full sun, the leaves will turn reddish-brown, which is not exactly a bad thing. You should only be worried if you notice the leaves are sunburned.

To prevent sunburns, do not move the Aloe juvenna outside hurriedly. Instead, gradually acclimate the succulent to full sunlight. But then, bear in mind that an Aloe juvenna plant that is fully acclimated can still be sunburned, especially during a period of intense heat. The good thing is that as the plant matures, it is more capable of withstanding heat.

You can also use sunshades to prevent sunburns, particularly during the summer when the temperature rises to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Frost Tolerance

Aloe juvenna succulents can withstand freezing temperatures and frostbite for a short period. If you reside in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11, you do not have to worry about taking your Aloe juvenna succulents indoors. You can even plant the succulents in the ground and it can withstand cold rain and frostbite during the winter.

Soil

Like many succulents, Aloe juvenna needs to be planted in soil with good drainage. Watering the plant properly without using the right soil will not yield the best result. If you do not use well-draining soil, the roots of your Aloe juvenna are bound to rot.

The best soil for your Tiger Tooth Aloe is a combination of cactus potting mix and perlite in a ratio of 2:1. This will provide the needed drainage to allow the soil to dry out fast.

You can also use sandy soil for your Aloe juvenna by combining cactus mix with coarse sand in a 2:1 ratio.

Watering

The climate depends on how much water your Tiger Tooth Aloes will need. Even though this succulent can withstand drought, it will grow better if you provide adequate water.

There is no strict rule for watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In the summer, you can water the plant once a week. You may increase it to twice a week during a heatwave.

During the winter months, you can depend on rainwater and cut back on your watering frequency. If your area barely experiences rainfall during the winter, you can water two or three times a month, depending on how long it takes the soil to dry out.

If you live in a humid environment, you may have to water your Aloe juvenna succulents once a month, especially if your plants are indoors and are not getting much sunlight.

To know if your plants need water, touch the top layer of the soil. If the soil feels dry, then you can resume watering. If your plants are looking dehydrated, it means you need to increase your watering routine.

Suppose you do not want to risk overwatering or under-watering the Aloe juvenna succulents. In that case, you should consider getting a moisture meter or hygrometer to determine the moisture level of the soil and air.

Feeding

While it is optional to feed your Aloe juvenna succulents, you should consider it if you want them to grow healthily and bloom. The beautiful flowers of the Tiger Tooth Aloes will spring up during the flowering season if you provide the needed nutrients via fertilizers.

It is best to apply fertilizers during the summer or spring when the plant is actively growing. You can use a fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents or one blended for houseplants. You should only apply half the recommended quantity every two weeks for the Tiger Tooth Aloes to thrive.

How to Propagate Aloe Juvenna Succulents

Aloe juvenna succulents can be propagated from offsets and pups. Unlike stem and leaf cuttings propagation, you have to be patient for your Aloe juvenna succulents to produce offsets and pups before you can propagate.

To propagate from pups, find a mature pup and cut it off along with some roots. Propagating pups with roots have a higher chance of success than those without. Also, the bigger the pup, the higher its chances of survival.

You can either twist the pup off from the parent succulent or cut it off with a sterilized knife.

Keep the pup in a cool and dry place for a day or two to allow the cut to dry and seal. Do not leave the pup under direct sunlight so it does not get burnt.

If the pups do not have roots, dip them in a root hormone before you plant. The best soil to plant the pup is a potting mix with good drainage.

Watering should be frequent because pups require more water than fully grown plants. When the soil appears to be dry, use a spray bottle to water it again. Once you notice roots are developing, reduce your watering frequency or stop watering altogether.

Toxicity of Aloe Juvenna Succulents

First off, if you are looking for a non-toxic succulent, the Tiger Tooth Aloes are not for you. Aloe juvenna is harmful to dogs and cats because it contains anthraquinones and saponins.

If you have already planted this succulent indoors and suspect your pets’ poisoning, contact a veterinarian immediately. Alternatively, you can contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to give you instructions on what to do.

Baby Toes Succulent

Baby Toes Succulent – Detailed Care Guide

Baby Toes is also called Fenestraria rhopalophylla plant or Window plant. The name was conceived because the succulent leaves are shaped like a toe with tiny blisters that act as windows to allow light intake.

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Baby toes succulent @Amazon

This succulent is pretty easy to grow. It is perfect for a beginner succulent grower. We captured everything you need to know about growing and propagating the Baby Toes in this article.

Description of Baby Toes

The Baby Toe plants originate from Namibia and South Africa and belong to the Aizoaceae family, with over 1800 species of plants. Baby Toes have bladder-like pustules on their leaves to help attract sunlight and promote photosynthesis, which is needed for their growth.

The stems of the Fenestraria rhopalophylla plant grow underground while the leaves are visible and grow in clusters.

The tips of Baby Toes leaves do not have green pigment to conduct heat, especially if they are grown in deserts. Coupled with the high intake of sunlight, the plant can survive in the desert because of its roots and thick leaves, which help store water.

Healthy Baby Toes will bloom in the winter and fall producing two or more yellow flowers.

How to Care for Baby Toes

For your Baby Toe succulents to thrive, you have to take note of the following care guidelines:

Soil

The roots of a Baby Toe plant are quite short and very prone to rot, so you need to use succulent soil with good drainage.

A good potting mix for Baby Toes is the Black Gold Cactus Mix. It is packed with perlite, pumice, and sand, so it dries out quickly and does not need amendment.

Baby Toes do not grow well in potting mix that contains lots of peat moss, loam, and humus because they have a high water retention capacity.

Water

The roots of Baby Toe succulents tend to rot when you overwater them. You should not water when the soil is not dry. In the summer, when the plant is dormant, you can stop watering completely.

The great thing about Baby Toes is that they communicate well with the growers. They will let you know when you overwater by displaying cracks on the tips leaves. Also, the leaves will appear shriveled due to under-watering.

Light

Baby Toe succulents require an ample amount of sunlight daily. If you are growing them indoors, the best place is close to a south-facing window. On the other hand, if you are growing the plant outdoors, you need a warm temperature. If the temperature is too high, the plant may get sunburns. To prevent sunburns, you can provide a partial shade or shade cloth for the plant.

Fertilizers

If you want to hasten the growth process of Baby Toes, you can fertilize them. They require a minute amount of fertilizer.

Use a fertilizer specially formulated for succulents and dilute it, or add half of the quantity recommended by the manufacturer. Applying fertilizers once a month is enough for Baby Toes in their active growing season.

That said, it is not advisable to apply fertilizers during dormancy so that the plant does not grow out of proportion.

Pot

Plant your Baby Toes in a pot that is just about the same size as the plants. Since Baby Toes do not grow that big, a 4-inch pot will enough for them to breathe and grow without restraint.

To avoid overwatering and let the soil dry out quickly, use a small pot with drainage holes.

Growth Zone

Baby Toes are not cold hardy plants, so you might need to take them indoors if you live in a region where the temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

But then, if you reside in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, you can keep your Baby Toes outside.

Whether you are growing this plant indoors or outdoors, ensure it gets at least six hours of sunlight daily.

Bloom

Perhaps, one of the most exciting features of Baby Toe succulents is that they bloom and produce flowers about times a year. If you provide enough water and sunlight, your Baby Toes’ roots will be firmly established, and white flowers will spring up.

The flowers of your Baby Toes will open, close, and occasionally turn in reaction to light, and that is a sight to behold.

Trim off the bottom of any dead flower stem, and the plant will produce new flowers later on.

Propagating Baby Toe Succulents

You can propagate the Fenestraria rhopalophylla succulents by offsets or seeds. If you do not have the patience to wait for seeds to germinate, you should opt for the offset propagation technique. Also, propagating from seeds is not all that reliable, especially if your soil does not have the required nutrients.

But then, if you still want to try out the seed propagation method for Baby Toes, do it during the fall months. Carry out the seed propagation with the same soil type the parent plant was grown.

In addition, pour sand over the seed so nutrients do not escape into the atmosphere. You should consider getting a growing lamp for the seeds if you live in a cold region.

Also, cover the pot to create warmth around the seedlings and retain moisture. The Baby Toe seeds grow best at a minimum temperature of 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes propagating from offsets, pull out a baby plant from your mature Baby Toes. Do this gently so you do not damage the roots of the plant. Alternatively, you can use a sterilized knife to cut the offset.

Place the offset on a piece of paper and allow it to dry for a few days before placing it in a well-draining pot to grow.

Succulent Pots

What are Succulent Pots?

Succulent pots are many things to your plants. They are your plants’ shoes, houses, vehicles, etc. Picking a pot for your plant is the next most important decision you will make about your gardening after picking the plant. These vessels play a central role in the appearance and wellbeing of your succulents.  

Succulents’ pots can be made of various materials, as we shall observe later. You should choose a pot carefully to help meet both your aesthetic and practical needs.

This article will help you choose a pot for your succulents.

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Succulent pots @Amazon

Factors to Consider When Buying a Pot

Drainage 

The type of succulent you want to plant determines how pervious your pot must be. Most succulents loath a wet environment, so porous pots are usually the best option.

Color & Texture

The color and texture you choose will be informed by the look you want. Your interior designer or landscaper might help you decide which colors and textures are best for your space.

Weight 

Will you be carrying your succulents around, or will they be stationery? Go for a light pot if you will be moving them about and a heavier one if you want them to be stationary. Top-heavy plants require heavier pots to anchor them.

Material 

There are many materials from which pots can be made. The material from which a pot is made determines everything else about it. Its drainage, color and texture, and weight.

 Select the material according to appearance and durability. Also, consider the effects its chemical composition might have on the plants.

The following are the types of pots from which you can choose.

Ceramic

These pots are made of clay and seasoned to harden them. Ceramic pots come as glazed and unglazed. Glazed pots are waterproof, while unglazed pots are porous. They, therefore, allow water and air to pass through.

Succulents don’t do well in a wet environment. The unglazed pots are, therefore, ideal for removing excess water from your succulents’ roots. The clay used to make these pots also absorbs excess water from the soil on which you have planted your succulents are planted. This further improves your succulents’ environment. The roots and stem rot if they remain in the water for too long.

These pots are relatively heavy, enabling them to provide adequate support and balance for the top-heavy succulents. The other advantage of ceramic pots is that they are easy to decorate, thus accentuating your plants’ beauty. You can even have them painted in colors that match or complement your plants. These pots are thick, and they can insulate your plants from temperature fluctuations.

It is not advisable to use these pots on outdoor plants in zones that experience frigid winters. Frozen water can easily cause them to crack. You shouldn’t use them if you move your plants often due to their relatively fragile nature.

Terracotta 

Like ceramics, these pots are made of clay. One might argue that these pots are made of ‘raw’ clay as they come in a single reddish-brown color. Terracotta pots are highly permeable to air and water. In this way, they keep the soil dry, which is imperative for many succulents’ health.

 If your plant requires a certain level of wetness, ensure you water it regularly when planted in a terracotta pot. Failure to water them often will cause the soil to dry out, which is detrimental to your succulent health.

The pots are heavy, providing support for the top-heavy plants, and they crack easily on exposure to ice, just like ceramic pots. The pots sometimes get so hot. They can destroy succulents during hot summers.

Fiberglass 

Fiberglass succulent pots have many advantages. They can be designed to look like other materials such as wood, ceramic, etc.

These pots are lighter and cheaper than other materials. Their lightness is an advantage if you intend to be moving your plant. Fiberglass weight becomes a disadvantage if your succulent is top-heavy. It will keel-over when the plant has reached its full weight.

Fiberglass is more durable than other materials. Its strength enables it to withstand extreme weather conditions. One of the fiberglass’s drawbacks is its non-porous nature. This can be a problem in light of succulents’ roots’ inability to withstand a wet environment. One may mitigate the problem by perforating the pot to allow the water to flow out.

Plastic 

Like fiberglass, plastic is light and versatile. It can be made to appear like rock, ceramic, and other materials. Plastic has traditionally been viewed as short-lived and low class, but new technology enables it to make some pretty impressive creations.

Unless it is perorated, plastic is impervious to water, so it might cause your plant roots to rot. The lightweight is advantageous when you want to move your plant, but it isn’t a good fit for top-heavy plants.

Plastic is an all-weather material that can withstand the elements. These pots are affordable, and their versatility allows them to be designed in different shapes, and there are hundreds of them to choose from.

Wood 

Wood planters come in a few varieties; troughs carved out of wooden pots, etc. The durability of these planters is generally determined by the type of wood used to make them – hardwood is more durable than softwood.

Wooden planters can withstand cold winters, but they are likely to rot when exposed to water for long. You can delay rotting by treating the wood using preservatives such as varnish if it is not harmful to the succulent you want to plant.

You can also fortify your planter against rotting by lining it with plastic to keep it from absorbing water. Such a planter will need to be perforated to avoid waterlogging. Wood is heavy, thus providing anchorage to your top-heavy plants, and it gives your garden an authentic and natural look.

Cast Stone 

You use cast stone and concrete planters when you have no intention of moving your plants after potting. They are heavy and highly durable.

These pots are porous, which is suitable for succulents. Be cautious when using them because concrete has lots of lime, making your soil alkaline. Alkaline soil is poisonous to many succulents. You can reduce the alkalinity by watering the planters a few times to drain the lime before potting your plants.

Metal 

These can be made from various metals such as iron, steel, cast iron, etc. You use these pots if you are going for the distinct look they provide. They are non-porous, which presents a challenge for cacti and succulents that rot due to excess water. You should perforate them to allow for better drainage.

Metal planters can get exceedingly hot and destroy plants during summers. Iron rusts when exposed to water. You can mitigate this by painting the planters every once in a while. Metallic planters can be fashioned into different artistic shapes to accentuate the beauty of your succulents further.

Glass 

Glass forms beautiful planters when expertly fashioned. The problem with it is that it is fragile and non-porous. It is also tricky to perforate it, so the water you put into the planter will usually remain, affecting your succulents.

The information above provides essential information on pot selection. Many other factors are to be considered when choosing a specific pot. The floral arrangement you want to use is one of them.

All succulent pots come in different shapes, and various manufacturers make these vessels. It is advisable to visit various suppliers to see what they have before coming to a decision. Engage in the services of an expert in the decision.

Succulent Christmas Tree

Introduction

The Christmas tree is primus inter pares among the building blocks of Christmas cheer. Lack of a Christmas tree can dampen the Christmas mood and sometimes get you some bewildered stares from disapproving neighbors. Doesn’t this fellow believe in Christmas?

It doesn’t matter what else you have done to prepare for Christmas. It will always seem incomplete without the tree.

Unfortunately, whether you will have a Christmas tree or not is usually not a matter of choice. Several factors beyond your control come into play. One of these factors is space. People who live in small spaces such as apartments are usually unable to accommodate the traditional pine during Christmas.

Don’t fret if you are in this predicament. Succulents can come to your aid. You wouldn’t be alone in having this kind of Christmas tree as the trend is catching on with increased demand in the recent past.

Other Christmas Trees

There are other small Christmas trees that you can use in your small space, but none of them is like a succulent Christmas tree. These trees are among the value-added products of these house plants.

Their standard height is typically between six and twelve, and they came with all the adornments you will find on a traditional pine Christmas tree.

The trees are usually made from a combination of different succulents. Thus, you have, in the same tree, a combination of rosettes, beautifully shaped exotic leaves, mermaid tails, and other succulents in different colors and shapes.

These trees’ original intent was to meet the needs the owners of small homes owners during Christmas but are still cute enough to have in a big house. You can also decide to make or buy the trees and keep them around even in other seasons.

Succulent Christmas Tree

Succulent Christmas trees are alive for longer, which is one of its advantages. You don’t have to toss them out after spending money on them. Repot the cuttings to form individual succulents that you can use to decorate your home all year round.

You can buy a succulent Christmas tree online from one of the dealers. Do a careful search online and visit succulent sellers and landscapers before deciding which one to buy.

Read the rest of the article first, please, because it will help you choose a good tree and maintain the one you have.

You need various supplies if you decide to make your own succulent Christmas tree as follows.

  1. A conical frame the size of the Christmas tree you want to make. The most common option is one made of chicken wire mesh.
  2. Sphagnum moss
  3. Breathable liner
  4. Succulent cuttings of different sized

Procedure 

  1. Take the conical frame and line it with the breathable liner.
  2. Dip the sphagnum moss soak it in a bucket of clean water, and stuff it into the now lined conical frame.
  3. Put the conical frame in a pot with the broader end sitting in the pot.
  4. Fill the remaining gaps in the pot with potting mix.
  5. Cut some holes on the liner and stick the succulent cuttings into sphagnum moss, starting with the biggest and medium-sized ones. Fill in the remaining gaps with the smaller cuttings to form your desired patterns.
  6. Add Christmas decorations accordingly.  

The process of making these Christmas trees is relatively straightforward, but you need to consider the types of succulents whose cuttings you will use to make the tree. Check to see if the seller has used the right ones if you want to buy.  

Echeveria Elegans 

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Echeveria Elegans @Amazon

Also known as the Mexican snowball. It has rosettes, and it does well indoors when it is exposed to enough light. It is one of the ‘hen and chicks’ succulents.

Crassula Ovata 

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Crassula Ovata @Amazon

This succulent is commonly known as a jade plant or money tree. They look like trees, and this makes them suitable for filling up your Christmas tree.

Graptopetalum paraguayense

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Graptopetalum paraguayense @Amazon

It is commonly known as ‘ghost plant’ or the mother of pearls. Its pinkish grey leaves are an excellent addition to your succulent Christmas tree.

Sempervivum

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Semprevivium

This is succulent also falls into the ‘hen and chicks’ variety, and its common name is ‘live forever.’ It forms beautiful rosettes, which then add an extraordinary appearance to your succulent Christmas tree. Many plants fall under the name sempervivum, and all of them are an excellent addition to your tree.

Aeonium

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Aeonium @Amazon

This succulent is commonly known as the tree houseleek, and about thirty trees fall under this category. One can add it to the succulent Christmas tree as one of the rosettes.

Crassula 

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Crassula Ovata @Amazon

It is commonly known as Crassula Moon Glow. Crassula is a genus of succulents. These succulents fall under the category of succulent shrubs, and they would be a fine addition to your Christmas tree.

Sedum 

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Sedum @Amazon

Various plants fall under sedum, including clavatum, treleasei, hernandezii, alfredii, and many others. All of these succulents fall under the common name stone plant.

All these succulents can be used on a Christmas tree but don’t use all of them at once. Remember, the tree is only about twelve inches tall. Using seven different trees on one would make a veritable clown’s outfit.

You need to observe specific care protocols to keep your succulent Christmas tree healthy until the end of the Christmas season. Succulents can quickly become a soggy mess due to fungal rot, which develops when the plant is exposed to too much water. Check the sphagnum moss and only water when it is dry.

You will need to put water in the moss from time to time to keep the tree fresh. Ensure you put just enough water as excess water would cause root rot. Don’t put water on the succulent leaves if you have some rosettes on the Christmas tree. Rosettes retain water inside the cupped leaves, predisposing them to fungal rot.

The care of your succulent Christmas tree is a little easier than that of a growing succulent. You can use tap water for the Christmas tree but not for living succulents.

Old man cactus

Old man cactus quick fact sheet

GENUSCephalocereus
FAMILYCactaceae
OTHER NAMESOld man cactus, Bunny cactus, White Persian cat cactus  
SUNLIGHTFull Sun
TEMPERATURE-1F Minimum
CLIMATEShrub-land Arid Tropical Dry
PROPAGATIONSeed propagated
HEIGHT15 meters
WATERStandard succulent watering schedule
OTHERSGrows well in spring/fall Non-toxic Prefers outdoors

What is old man cactus?

The Cephalocereus senilis is a succulent lover’s dream and a fan-favorite among the varied population of succulents.

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Cephalocereus senilis @Amazon

Native to the arid regions of Mexico, the old man cactus is a spiky, tall, cylindrical cactus that can reach incredible heights of 10 to 15 meters or more. 

A statement succulent, the Cephalocereus senilis is unmistakable with its shaggy coat of long silver hair, which serves as the source of its nickname – old man cactus. It is reminiscent of an older man’s long unkempt hair.

Apart from giving the old man cactus its unique name and appearance, the long strands of “hair” serve another more critical, less superficial purpose – keeping the plant cool by providing shade from the sweltering sun.

These hairs are not just for decoration. They are a modified form of spines (thorns), and while they may not be sharp enough or hard enough to prick you, they hide a sinister secret.

Concealed below the layer of flowing white hairs are formidable yellow thorns (or spines), and these are sharp enough to draw blood.

Who would have guessed this harmless-looking old man succulent was capable of such trickery and defense?

The bunny cactus is a slow-growing succulent that grows well in pretty hot and arid locations. It is native to Mexico, after all, and last time we checked, Mexico isn’t known for its chilly winters.

Growth

When we say slow-growing, we mean just that. The old man cactus has lovely flowers that will take anywhere between 10 to 20 years to bloom.

However, if you’re patient enough and tend your Cephalocereus senilis for 10+ years, the succulent gods will reward you with beautiful deep red, brilliant white, or sunny yellow flowers that bloom fully at night.

Not many people get to see the Cephalocereus senilis flowers in full bloom, so count yourself blessed should you happen to be part of the lucky few.

Propagation

The old man cactus is a pretty easy succulent to propagate from seeds – a fact that saved it from extinction a few decades back.

Its ease of propagation and increase in cultivation by succulent lovers supplemented the otherwise depleted Cephalocereus senilis that had been growing(dying really) in the wild.

You can gather seeds from its fruit; however, it’s simpler and faster to buy the seeds from your local gardening store or a reputable online vendor due to this succulent’s slow rate of growth.

Soil

Like most succulents, Cephalocereus senilis will do well in a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties.

Check your local gardening store for pre-mixed cactus or succulent soil; the cactus mix boasts excellent porous and drainage capabilities.

If you’re more of a “hands-on” kind of guy, you can make your soil mix from home, as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home:

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

Just like any other succulent, the old man cactus isn’t too fond of over-watering. After all, it is endemic to Mexico, and last we checked, Mexico doesn’t make the news for its lush green, rain-soaked plains.

Beginners usually make the mistake of watering their succulents daily. The result is always the same – over-watering leads to the dreaded root-rot, which ends up killing the poor succulent.

Read more about root-rot in this informative article by Succulent City:

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Just like any other succulent, wait until the soil completely dries out before watering it through and through. When you finally water the old man cactus, soak it through but do not drown the poor guy or leave it sitting in stagnant water.

Succulent cultivation 101: Succulents despise stagnant water.

Learn more about watering your succulents:

Complete Guide to Watering Succulents

Cephalocereus senilis will appreciate growing in a region with full direct sunlight, similar to its native country of Mexico.

The old man cactus is an outdoor growing succulent.

Do not leave the old man cactus outside during winter as this particular cactus does not adapt well to freezing temperatures and tends to go dormant in the winter.

Planting and potting

Most succulent growers plant the old man cactus in a pot (preferably terracotta) and leave it outside during the summer and spring seasons where it can soak up its fill of sun.

When winter rolls back around, they carry the pot indoors and place the succulent under grow lights as a substitute for sunlight.

Sunlight stimulates the growth of Cephalocereus senilis’ long silver hair. The more sun it soaks up, the thicker and longer its silver hair gets.

Pests

The old man cactus is prone to the occasional nasty critter here and there because its long shaggy strands of white hair provide a perfect environment for these pests to hide and nestle in.

Something similar to how lice love to hide in long unkempt hair.

Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.

Re-potting

Re-potting this particular cactus shouldn’t be a concern, especially when you factor in its slow growth rate – the  Cephalocereus senilis grows even slower when potted indoors compared to out in the wild.

Common practice is to gently loosen the soil around the roots and slowly work the cactus out of the pot.

Inspect the root system – when you notice the roots wrapping themselves around the bottom of the root ball, then it is about time to move this succulent to a new, slightly larger pot.

Where to find Cephalocereus senilis ?

Ask the supervisor down at your local gardening store whether they stock  Cephalocereus senilis seeds.

Home Depot and Lowe’s pack an extensive range of succulents and cacti for sale.

Swap meets and flea markets remain our favorite places to go succulent shopping.

We highly recommend you visit these open-air markets. They are the perfect place to source obscure succulents of all kinds at pocket-friendly prices.

If you’re unable to leave the house for whatever reason (ahem, coronavirus, ahem), then you can opt for online shopping:

  • Buy the Cephalocereus senilis from Etsy for $22.36

or

Check out our Succulent City Facebook page and share pictures of your old man cactus with fellow succulent lovers from across the globe!