Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus'

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Basic Info

Echinopsis Chamaecereus is also known as the ‘Peanut Cactus’. As the plant matures you can expect it to reach up to 10 cm (6″) tall and about 5 cm (2″) in diameter. The plants main feature are the spiral look with small spines. When the plant flowers you can expect it to produce orange to red flowers.

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Trichocereeae
Genus: Echinopsis

Care and Propagation Information


Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Peanut Cactus healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus’

This succulent type is a rare one which blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy orange-red flowers. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 10 cm (6″) tall
  • Grows up to 1.5 cm (0þ5″) wide
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 10a-11a -1.1 °C (30 F)
  • Best propagated by seeds
  • Flowers are orange-red

Where to Plant

Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 10a-11a which is around -1.1 °C (30 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Peanut Cactus in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus’

Peanut Cactus can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Echinopsis Chamaecereus ‘Peanut Cactus’ Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Peanut Cactus is native to Argentina.

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