Arequipa Hempelii / Orocereus Hempelii

Product Description
$ 12.99

Arequipa Hempelii / Orocereus Hempelianus 

(You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. This plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Originally from the Mountains of South Peru, it is a short cylindrical cactus with dense short brown spines and bright purple/red flowers when mature.

Excellent as landscape or patio plant. It is suitable for small “desert” gardens, in association with other xerophytes. Where the open air cultivation is not possible due to the climate, it is to be cultivated in pot in order to shelter it in winter.

Recommended Temperature Zone: USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to hardy to 10°F (-12°C) for short periods of time

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)

Heat Tolerance: Need protection from the afternoon sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Andes mountains above 5000 feet (1500 m) in Peru and Chile

Growth Habits: Clustering columnar cactus, up to 18 inches tall (45 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water

Blooming Habits: tubular red flowers in late winter to early spring. They are well liked by the hummingbirds.



All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout.

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What makes us different is the passion and the attention to the detail in all we do here at Planet Desert. We are confident in the quality of our products. That’s why all our plants have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Colder Regions Warning: We are now offering 72-hour heat packs for an additional $3.00 If your order is $50.00 or more, and if we think that it is necessary, you will get a heat pack free of charge.

To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

Care Instructions: Care instructions are included in every package you order.

Shipping Details and Customer Service Policy: We ship via USPS Priority Mail. We calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Please allow a maximum time of 72 hours for processing prior to shipment. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at the email address below:

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