Melocactus Oreas Cactus Plant

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Melocactus Oreas Cactus

Native to Brazil, Melocactus Oreas grows at altitudes of 1500+ feet. It is endangered in native habitat (these are seed grown in a greenhouse). They like partial shade to full sun (although melocactus plants get sunburned in severe direct summer sun, so use care). They also like moderate water during summer growing season.

Adult Melocactus are among the most fascinating of cactus in appearance. When young, the plants are quite plain, they have globose, green stems with multiple ribs. The spines are stout and usually feature a distinct central spine surrounded by radial spines. At maturity, Melocactus begin to develop a cephalium, which is a dense mass of areoles that form a bristly "cap" directly on top of the stem.

Once this cap is formed, the stem no longer grows, but the cephalium will continue to grow until the plant dies. Most cephaliums are white underneath and orange on top, but may be completely white. It is in this mass of areoles that the flowers are formed. The flowers themselves are quite small, typically pink and come out of the top of the cephalium sporadically or in rings. The fruits are much more conspicuous than the flowers and are red or pink waxy-looking short tubes that many have likened to candles on top of a birthday cake. This illusion is further enhanced by the dried flower remains persisting and looking like the wick of these "candles".

Your plant will ship in a plastic growers pot. Our cactus and succulent plants are all grown in the same conditions and, although not identical, are similar in size and shape to the one pictured. We only ship high quality, healthy plants, personally inspected prior to packing. The majority of our plants will ship potted in the grower’s pot except our large plants that are field grown, unusually shaped or very delicate plants.

It’s important to remember that plants are living things and they are not perfect, nor is any living thing, minor imperfections or weathering are normal.

We include plant care instructions with your shipment and they can also be found on our website.

Order Processing: Upon receipt of your payment, your order will be processed and shipped within 3-5 business days. If you want us to postpone shipping for a future date, just make a notation with your payment.

Shipping: Our system automatically consolidates shipping when you purchase more than one plant. We ship our plant year-round via USPS or FedEx Ground, depending upon the nature of the order. Large orders containing many plants may ship in multiple cartons and may ship on different days. We may delay shipping in severe weather. Please read our weather risk policy.

Gifts: You can send almost any plant as gift, the option is on our website. When this option is chosen we will gift wrap and include your message with a card. Please double check the recipient’s name and address!

Thank you for your business! We are family owned and have been in business almost two decades. We look forward to providing you with an exceptional, unusual and beautiful variety of plants.