Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’

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Basic Info

Oreocereus Celsianus is also known as the ‘Old Man of the Andes’. As the plant matures you can expect the plants green stem to grow slowly in a cylindrical shape. When the plant matures you will start noticing the white looking hair that grows all around it.

Care and Propagation Information


Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Old Man Of The Andes 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 Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’

This succulent type is a rare one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms it is beautiful. It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.

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Where to Plant

Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’ 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 8a which is around -12.2 °C (10 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Old Man Of The Andes in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).

How to Propagate Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’

Old Man of the Andes 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. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.

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 Old Man Of The Andes From Cuttings

When propagating Old Man Of The Andes from cuttings, cut a leaf from the mother plant carefully with a clean knife or scissors. Before replanting, wait for a few days to allow it to callous. Use well-draining soil for your new succulent plant. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.

How to Propagate Oreocereus Celsianus ‘Old Man of the Andes’ 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.