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DIY Plastic Bag Storage Tube from PVC Pipe

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February 9, 2023

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To keep your plastic grocery store bags organized, make this storage tube out of PVC pipe. Here’s how:

  • Cut a piece of 4” diameter PVC drain pipe 2’ long.
  • Cut a 6” long by 2” wide rounded slot in one end of the pipe.
  • Screw a 4” PVC end cap to the wall with a drywall screw.
  • Insert the slotted end of the pipe in the cap with the slot facing away from the wall.
  • Attach the top of the pipe to the wall with a drywall screw.
  • Fill the pipe with plastic bags.
  • Pull the bags out the slot in the bottom of the tube as needed.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: Paper or plastic is not much of an option any longer, so you usually end up with dozens of plastic grocery bags that you need to recycle or reuse. But storing them neatly is always a challenge. Here’s one idea.

Start with a piece of four-inch plastic sewer pipe, and use a jigsaw to cut a rounded slot on one end. This is about six inches high and two to two and a half inches wide. Then take an end cap, and screw it to the wall. This is about three feet of the ground with a single 1 5/8 inch drywall screw. Then all you need to do is set the pipe in the end cap, and fasten it to the wall again with a single screw.

You’re going to drive it, I drilled a hole in the back of the pipe. I’m just going to attach it right to the wall. Line it up, you want to get it pretty straight, and drive in the screw. There you go.

And now, you can take the bags and stuff them in the pipe. This pipe is about two feet long. And it will hold a surprising number of bags. You could probably fit four or five dozen bags in there. So, you just stuff them in. And then when you need to use one, you just pull it out. It works almost like a tissue dispenser.

And when you come in, empty out your groceries just stuff it back in, and they’re ready when you are.

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Gray Ghost Organ Pipe ( Stenocereus pruinosus ) (Buxbaum): Powdery blue-green columnar cactus from Mexico. In the wild, it can eventually grow to 20.0' with new branches sprouting from the base and trunk, but in cultivation it tends to stay under 6.0'. Young plants are deeply ribbed and have reddish brown spines, but with time the 5-8 ribs flatten and the spines turn white. When it blooms, it opens 2.0" to 3.5" white and magenta, funnel-shaped flowers in the night that stay slightly open during the day.

This cactus variety will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures it can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. Cactus need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 70% to 80% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply and wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering again.

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Stenocereus pruinosus  (gray ghost organ pipe) is a powdery, gray columnar cactus that grows to 20' in height in time. White nocturnal flower. Native habitat is Puebla, Mexico. Protect from frost. Provide bright light/sun; hardy to 32F. 


Recommended pairings: coming soon Bloom time: Summer Size: Up to 2' wide and 20' tall Requires porous cactus soil with adequate drainage Provide sun/bright light with ample airflow Water thoroughly when soil is dry during the active growing season Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a (30-35° F)

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Stenocereus pruinosus (Gray Ghost Organ Pipe)

Scientific name.

Stenocereus pruinosus (Otto ex Pfeiff.) Buxb.

Common Name(s)

Gray Ghost Organ Pipe

Echinocactus pruinosus , Cactus pruinosus, Cereus roridus , Lemaireocereus laevigatus, Lemaireocereus longispinus, Lemaireocereus pruinosus, Ritterocereus laevigatus, Ritterocereus pruinosus, Stenocereus longispinus

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae Subfamily: Cactoideae Tribe: Pachycereeae Genus:   Stenocereus


Stenocereus pruinosus is a large shrubby or tree-like cactus with a distinct trunk from which the branching stems arise. It grows up to 16 feet (4.9 m) tall and 10 feet (3 m) wide. Stems are gray-green, often with powdery bloom near the apex, up to 4 inches (10 cm) across. They have 6 to 10 very high ribs lined with areoles. Spines are grey to brownish and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. Each areole bears 1 to 4 central and 5 to 8 radial spines. Flowers are white, funnel-shaped, and appear on new growth at the stem tips in summer. Fruits are egg-shaped, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long, and change color from yellow to orange-green and purple.

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USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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Like most cacti, Cereus are fairly low-maintenance and hardy. Ensure they receive enough water without becoming waterlogged, especially during the summer, and fertilize them for the best results. If the roots have become black or overly soft, the cactus could be experiencing root rot . Cut away the affected parts and replant. Most gardeners interested in cacti should be able to cultivate these without much problem.

It may become necessary to repot your  Cereus if it outgrows its container. If so, ensure the soil is dry and remove the pot. Knock away old soil, prune away any rotted or dead roots, then replace it in a new pot and backfill it with new soil . Ensure not to overwater cacti planted in new pots, as this can lead to root rot. It should be left dry for about a week and then watered lightly.

These cacti propagate quite easily from cuttings. Simply sever a branch and replant in moist, well-drained soil.

See more at How to Grow and Care for Cereus .

This species is native to south-central Mexico .

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Stenocereus pruinosus  (gray ghost organ pipe) is a powdery, gray columnar cactus that grows to 20' in height in time. White nocturnal flower. Native habitat is Puebla, Mexico. Protect from frost. Provide bright light/sun; hardy to 32F. Water thoroughly when soil is dry.


Recommended pairings: coming soon Bloom time: Summer Size: Up to 2' wide and 20' tall Requires porous cactus soil with adequate drainage Provide sun/bright light with ample airflow Water thoroughly when soil is dry during the active growing season Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a (30-35° F)

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Gray Ghost Organ Pipe (Stenocereus Pruinosus) Ultimate Care Guide

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The Stenocereus Pruinosus succulent is also known by its common name of Gray Ghost Organ Pipe. In addition, it has numerous other biological names, such as Cactus Pruinosus, Cereus Roridus, and Stenocereus Longispinus.

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This is an unusual cactus plant, found growing in the wild in certain areas of Mexico. It is commonly found in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Puebla, where it flourishes at high altitudes.

Being used to an altitude of between 2500 and 3000 feet, it will do well in hot, arid conditions with a dry climate.

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The Stenocereus Pruinosus was given its nickname of Gray Ghost Organ Pipe because of its grayish-green color. This cactus plant is more like a tree than a shrub. It grows vertically, extending upwards, rather than along the ground.

It has a central columnar trunk that is thick and sturdy, with smaller branches that extend upwards from its sides. It resembles a candelabra in shape. Because it grows fairly rapidly, it can eventually develop many new branches.

The Stenocereus Pruinosus is a relatively big cactus. In its natural habitat in the wild, it can reach a height of about 18-20 feet, with a width of about 10 feet. When cultivated as a garden plant, it is usually a lot smaller, reaching a maximum height of about 6 feet.

However, if you plant this succulent outdoors and give it a lot of space, in the right conditions it can reach almost the same dimensions as it does in the wild. When it is given the right amount of water and direct sunlight, it can reach an impressive 16-18 feet in your garden.

The young Stenocereus Pruinosus plant has between 5 and 8 deep ribs along each trunk. These deep ribs have spines that start out in varying shades of brown, and sometimes light red. Eventually, the ribs tend to flatten out, and they lose their deep color, turning pale green or white.

The Stenocereus Pruinosus is quite unusual in the way it blooms. It develops a small purple and white flower, shaped like a funnel and between 2.5 and 3.5 inches wide. The flowers usually emerge from the tips of the stems.

With most plants, the flowers open during the day, because of their response to sunlight, and close at night. The flowers of the Stenocereus Pruinosus do the opposite. They open early in the evening, as the sun is setting. They remain open throughout the night, and close almost completely during the day, remaining only very slightly open during daylight hours.

This cactus bears an oval-shaped fruit that is about 3 inches in length. The fruit ranges in color from yellow to orange and occasionally even purple. The fruit is edible but has a sharp, sour flavor.

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The Stenocereus Pruinosus is not a difficult plant to cultivate. It does not need much attention or care. As long as its needs for sufficient sunlight and the right amount of water are met, it should thrive without much nurturing.

The Stenocereus Pruinosus is used to a lot of direct natural sunlight. If you are planting this succulent in your garden, choose a spot that gets about 6 hours of direct sunlight per day, with some dappled shade from surrounding trees and shrubs.

Although the Stenocereus Pruinosus is more suited to being planted outdoors because of its large size, it can also be grown in a pot and kept as an indoor house plant . The pot will contain the spread of the roots, and restrict the growth of the plant.

When cultivating this succulent as an indoor plant, select a room in your house that faces the sun and gets lots of direct natural light. If you are in the northern hemisphere, this would usually be a south-facing room, where your Stenocereus Pruinosus will be quite happy on a sunny window sill.

If you do not have a room with sufficient sunlight, it is possible to supplement the natural light by means of a grow light. This is an electric light designed specifically for horticultural purposes.

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All plants need a certain amount of natural light in order to undergo the process of photosynthesis, whereby they produce chlorophyll, which feeds and nourishes the plant. Without sufficient chlorophyll, the plant will die.

The grow light mimics natural light, allowing the plant to continue to produce enough chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis. These lights are readily available at most garden centers and nurseries.

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The Stenocereus Pruinosus is a desert cactus, native to very dry areas. Therefore it is quite drought resistant and does not need much water in order to survive.

This succulent is dormant through the winter months, during which time it only needs to be watered very occasionally.

During its growth period, through the spring and summer seasons, it needs a little more water. It should be watered once a week to every 10 days. Water deeply, allowing the plant to absorb sufficient water through its roots.

After watering, the Stenocereus Pruinosus should be left until the soil has dried completely before being watered again. There is a danger of overwatering. If the soil is constantly damp, the roots may start to rot. This can be very harmful to the plant.

In order to test if the plant needs to be watered, insert a long wooden skewer into the surrounding soil. If it is completely dry when removed, it is safe to water. But if it is still slightly damp, wait a day or two before checking again.

If you are planting your Stenocereus Pruinosus in a pot, always ensure that the pot has good drainage holes at the bottom, so that excess water can run off freely.

Like most other species of cactus, the Stenocereus Pruinosus is used to a hot climate, due to conditions in its native areas. It likes heat. It is not very cold hardy, and will not be able to survive temperatures below 25° Fahrenheit.

The Stenocereus Pruinosus should only be planted outdoors in areas that have very mild winters. It cannot tolerate icy temperatures where the ground freezes. If you live in an area with a colder climate, it is advisable to plant your Stenocereus Pruinosus in containers that can be brought indoors during severe weather.

This succulent should not be exposed to frost. The ice crystals will settle on the leaves and cause them to freeze. They will turn soft and limp. It is very difficult to revive them after such exposure.

If frost is expected overnight, your Stenocereus Pruinosus should either be taken indoors or covered lightly with a loose piece of cloth to protect it from the ice.

If your Stenocereus Pruinosus is an indoor plant, it should be kept in a room with a constantly warm temperature. It does not like sudden, drastic changes in temperature. The ideal temperature is between 65°-80°.

The Stenocereus Pruinosus will do well in most soil types. The pH level of the soil is not terribly important, as long as it is not too extreme. This succulent will grow well as long as the soil pH is anything between 5.7 - 7.7.

It is more important to ensure that the soil is well-aerated. This will help to facilitate good drainage in the soil. When soil particles are too thick, they tend to stick together in thick clumps, preventing water from running off.

If excess water is not able to drain away adequately, the soil will eventually become waterlogged. This will result in the roots being constantly wet, causing them to rot. Root rot can potentially kill your succulent.

The soil should be made up of a combination of cactus potting soil and mineral grit, in a ratio of 1:1. The mineral grit will help to prevent the soil particles from clumping together and retaining water.

Mineral grit is available from most garden centers and nurseries. There are 3 main types of mineral grit. You can use any of the following three substances, or a combination of all three.

  • Coarse sand

This is sand that is made up of coarse granules, which allow for air to filter between the individual grains of sand. As a result, water is able to flow freely through the sand. When mixed with cactus potting soil, coarse sand is an excellent medium for good drainage.

Pumice consists of tiny particles of natural stone that have been ground and processed into a fine sand-like substance. Because it is non-absorbent, water flows freely around the particles of pumice. When combined with cactus potting soil, pumice provides an effective channel for excess water to drain away.

The volcanic minerals that are the basis for perlite are known to have a high water content. In combination with cactus potting soil, perlite assists effectively with water drainage, while also helping to keep the roots of the plant hydrated.

It can also be beneficial to mix in some leaf mulch with the soil. Leaf mulch helps the soil to maintain a good moisture balance, reducing the need for frequent watering.

If you mix leaf mulch in with the soil, it can help to inhibit the growth of weeds around your succulent. This can make a significant difference to the overall health of your plant, as you will not need to use weedkillers and herbicides as often. These can sometimes affect the surrounding plants, which should be avoided.

Leaf mulch basically consists of dead leaves. The dead leaves are full of nutrients that are essential for healthy plant growth, so adding them to the soil can help to nourish the plant. Leaf mulch is also useful in preventing soil erosion around your succulents.

While it is not essential to feed your Stenocereus Pruinosus with fertilizer, it will help to boost its growth if you give it some fertilizer in carefully measured doses. The best fertilizer to use is one that is designed specifically for cactus plants. There are many different brands available.

When applying the fertilizer, it should be diluted in equal parts with water and administered to your Stenocereus Pruinosus once every 2 months.

This succulent should only be given fertilizer during the growing period, in the spring and summer months. It should not be administered to the plant during its dormant period throughout winter.

If you follow all of the above guidelines for caring for your Stenocereus Pruinosus, It should grow fairly rapidly. If it is in a pot, it will need to be repotted regularly. See our guide for repotting towards the end of this article.

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The best method to use for propagating the Stenocereus Pruinosus is by taking a stem cutting. When cutting a piece off, always use a clean, sharp scissors or a knife.

If your utensil has dirt on it, you risk introducing bacteria to both the offcut and the mother plant. This can cause infection in the plant. If the cutting becomes infected, it will fail to take and you will not be able to grow a new plant from it.

If your knife or scissors are not sharp enough, it will be difficult to make a quick, clean cut. You may have to hack at the stem, which will damage both the mother plant and the cutting, affecting their growth.

To propagate the Stenocereus Pruinosus from a cutting, follow this step-by-step guide.

  • Cut a healthy-looking stem, as close to the base as possible.
  • Allow it to dry for a few days until a callus has formed over the cut edge.
  • Insert the callused cutting in a pot of prepared soil.
  • Gently compact the soil around the cutting, using the palms of your hands to flatten the soil evenly around the base.
  • Leave it to settle for a few hours, then give it a light sprinkling of water.
  • Continue to water lightly every 2-3 days, until it has taken and is growing well.
  • You can then start to gradually reduce the watering schedule, according to the watering guidelines given above.

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When cultivating the Stenocereus Pruinosus, the most common problems that you are likely to encounter are insect infestation and overwatering.

Like most other succulent plants, the Stenocereus Pruinosus is prone to infestation by mealybugs. These tiny insects are serious pests that can cause severe damage to your plant over a period of time.

It is important to check your cactus plants regularly for mealybug infestation. The insects are so small that you will not notice them immediately. However, they leave a distinct tell-tale sign of their presence.

If you see a fine, white powdery substance on the underside of your plant, it is most likely infested with mealybug. If you look carefully in the folds and crevices at the joins, you will see the actual insects.

There are many organic remedies that people recommend, but the only really effective method of eliminating these pests completely is by using a commercial pesticide. If you do not eliminate them fully, they will keep coming back and will continue to devour your plant.

Many people assume that too little water will eventually kill a plant. While this is usually true, succulents are far more likely to suffer damage from too much water than from too little water. The Stenocereus Pruinosus is used to dry conditions, and cannot tolerate an excess of water.

In order to prevent problems caused by overwatering, it is recommended to follow the watering guidelines given above.

When planting the Stenocereus Pruinosus in a container, it is vital that the container should have adequate drainage holes at the bottom. If there are insufficient holes, water will not be able to escape.

If the succulent’s roots are constantly left to sit in wet soil, they will start to rot. Root rot will eventually kill the plant.

If you suspect that your plant has developed root rot, it might still be possible to save the plant if you catch it early enough. If the leaves or stems are starting to go soft, and the plant is looking limp and weak, the roots could be rotting.

Carefully remove the plant from the pot, and shake off all soil that remains around the roots. If the roots look like they are turning black, they are starting to rot.

Using a clean, sharp knife, carefully cut away the blackened parts of the roots and rinse the healthy roots with clean and fresh water. Wash the pot out well to remove any traces of fungus and repot the plant in new, clean soil.

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The Stenocereus Pruinosus is a fast-growing cactus. If you have planted it in a container, it will need to be repotted at least every two years. If you want to encourage growth and allow it to get really big, it can be repotted annually.

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When small root hairs start to become visible through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot, the plant is starting to outgrow the pot and needs to be given more space.

Roots emerging through the surface of the soil around the base of the plant are another indication that the plant is getting too big for its container and needs to be given more space.

  • What type of pot to use

Metallic containers such as those made of cast iron or tin will eventually start to rust. The mineral constituents in the soil can be affected by rust, and this can damage the plant.

Ceramic pots, or plastic containers, will not rust or cause any changes to the mineral balance in the soil. Therefore it is preferable to use ceramic or plastic containers.

  • Selecting the pot size

The roots of the Stenocereus Pruinosus tend to remain fairly shallow. They do not need deep soil. It is advisable to use a pot that is not too deep, to start off with.

The pot should be just the right size to contain your succulent comfortably but snugly.

While it may be tempting to use a larger pot in order to save yourself the effort of repotting as the plant grows, this is not recommended. If your plant is in a bigger pot, you may fall into the trap of overwatering, which can be fatal.

It also does not look very nice if the pot is too large for the plant. It is far more aesthetically appealing to have harmony between plant size and container size.

  • Protecting your hands from the thorns

The little thorns on the Stenocereus Pruinosus can be very painful, particularly if they pierce your skin. They are also very prickly to the touch and can make it very uncomfortable to handle the plant.

When repotting your Stenocereus Pruinosus , it is essential to use something to protect your hands. Thick gardening gloves that cannot be penetrated by the thorns are recommended.

If you do not have gardening gloves, you should use an old towel or a piece of thick fabric to wrap gently around the plant in order to handle it without getting thorns stuck in your hands.

  • A step-by-step guide to repotting
  • Fill the new container up to halfway with potting soil mix.
  • Carefully place the plant in the pot.
  • Fill the pot to the top with potting soil, compacting it gently with your hands. The roots should be completely covered
  • Leave the plant to stand for a few hours before you water it.
  • The first time that you water your newly potted Stenocereus Pruinosus, it is advisable only to water it very lightly, with a soft spray of water.
  • Allow the plant to settle fully by leaving it to stand, with no further handling, for the rest of the day.
  • The following day you can water your succulent more deeply, giving it a thorough soaking.
  • You can now keep following the watering guidelines given earlier in this article.

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Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’

If you’re new to succulent care or are looking for an exciting addition to your plant collection, the Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is an excellent choice. In this in-depth care guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know to grow and care for this unique succulent, from basic information to common issues and solutions.

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The Basics ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’

The Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is a columnar cactus with a striking appearance. Its gray-green stems are covered in numerous spines, giving it a ghostly look that sets it apart from other cacti. The plant produces large, white flowers with a sweet fragrance, adding to its charm.

Size and Growth Rate

‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ can reach up to 15 feet tall and 6 feet wide in its natural habitat, but when grown in a container, it typically stays much smaller, reaching around 4 to 5 feet tall. The growth rate of the ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe’ is slow to moderate, meaning you won’t need to worry about it outgrowing its space too quickly.

Natural Habitat and Adaptations

Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is native to Puebla, Mexico, where it grows in arid regions with rocky or sandy soils. This cactus is well-adapted to its environment , as its shallow root system allows it to quickly absorb water after infrequent rains. The gray-green color of its stems provides camouflage in its natural habitat, helping it avoid predators.

Caring for Your ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’

As with most succulents, it’s crucial to avoid overwatering your ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe.’ Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, and then water thoroughly until water drains from the bottom of the pot. During the winter months, you can reduce your watering frequency, as the cactus enters a period of dormancy. I usually don’t even bother watering from like November to March unless we get an odd heat wave in San Diego.

‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ needs plenty of sunlight to thrive . Aim for at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day, either outdoors or in a sunny windowsill. We recently had an unexpected (to me!) heatwave in San Diego and a few of my succulents and cacti got a little scorched on top, so I moved them under some shade cloth and they’re doing great now. If you’re growing your plant indoors, consider using a grow light to supplement natural light.


While not strictly necessary, fertilizing your Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ can help promote healthy growth. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength, and apply it once during the growing season (spring or summer).

Pruning your ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe’ isn’t typically necessary unless it becomes top-heavy or outgrows its space. To prune, carefully remove the unwanted stem using a sharp, sterilized knife or pruning shears, and allow the cut to callous over for a few days before repotting.

Dormancy and Cold Hardiness

Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ enters a period of dormancy during the winter months, requiring less water and cooler temperatures. This cactus is cold hardy down to about 25°F (-4°C), but it’s best to bring it indoors if temperatures in your area drop below freezing.

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Propagating your ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe’ is a simple process. Cut a healthy stem from the mother plant, allow the cut to callous over for a few days, and then plant the cutting in well-draining cactus soil. Water sparingly until roots begin to develop, and then care for the new plant as you would the parent.

Common Issues and Solutions

A common issue that many succulent enthusiasts face is dealing with pests. Mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites are known to attack Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’. To combat these pests, use insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the product’s instructions. If the infestation is severe, you may need to remove and discard the affected parts of the plant.

Other Common Problems

Overwatering is the most common issue when it comes to caring for Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’. Signs of overwatering include yellowing , mushy stems, and root rot. To prevent this, ensure you are using a well-draining soil mix and only water when the soil is completely dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other common names.

The Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is sometimes referred to as the ‘Gray Ghost Cactus’ or simply the ‘Gray Ghost.’

Can You Grow It Indoors?

Yes, you can grow Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ indoors, as long as you provide it with sufficient light. Place your cactus in a sunny windowsill or supplement natural light with a grow light to keep it healthy.

Toxicity to Cats, Dogs, and People

Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is not known to be toxic to humans or pets. However, the spines can be sharp and may cause injury if touched. Keep your cactus out of reach from children and pets to avoid any accidents.

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The Stenocereus pruinosus ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus’ is a unique and intriguing addition to any succulent collection. By following this comprehensive care guide, you’ll be well-equipped to grow and maintain a healthy, thriving cactus. Whether you’re just starting your succulent journey or are an experienced hobbyist, this cactus is sure to delight and challenge you in equal measure.

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Most plants are shown in 2 Inch pots (square), 4 Inch pots (round or square), 6 Inch pots (round), and 8 Inch pots (round).

The Size option, such as 2 Inch , 4 Inch , etc., typically represents the size of the pot that the plant is shown in. In most cases, it does not represent the width , length , or height of the plant, with some exceptions:

- Monkey Tail Cactus: The size represents the length of the cactus

- Some columnar cactus / cacti plants

- Certain plants that are shown without a pot

Letter Suffix in Size

When a letter is added to the size value (Example: 2 Inch #A or 4 Inch #B ), it represents different variants of the same size. The meaning could vary depending on the type of plant. The corresponding listing photos of each size variant provide the best representation of the plants that you'll receive.

The letter suffix could represent one or more of the following:

- Differences in plant maturity and/or fullness

- Differences in plant size and/or shape

- Differences in style and/or color

- Differences in amount of variegation

- Unrooted cuttings vs. rooted plants

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Vast majority of our plants shown in   4 Inch or larger pots are shipped bare roots  (See below fore more details).

Most plants shown in  2 Inch pots   are shipped in their   original plastic pots with soil   because they are small and   are less subject to damaging during transit.

We carefully wrap each plant with wrapping paper and place them securely inside the box. Then, we fill the remaining space in the box with newsprint paper, air pillows, or crinkle paper   to ensure the plants don't move around during shipping, and hence minimize shipping shock.

Shipping with Pots

The plants listed below are shipped with the pot and soil to ensure that they can stay healthy through transit:

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Shipping Bare Roots

Shipping bare roots   and soft paper wrapping provide the   following benefits :

  • Prevent broken parts, fracture, scuffing, and fallen nodes/leaves
  • Minimize residual moisture within   the package
  • Prevent soil getting into the leaves and causing a big mess
  • Reduce shipping weight and the cost that our customers pay

Succulents are considered one of the most hardy plants in gardening. They are drought-tolerant and have numerous ways of reproducing!

Succulents naturally grow in sunny areas, so make sure to provide ample light for them to thrive; a south facing location is recommended.

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  • Most plants are shipped bare roots without the pot and soil , with the following exceptions:
  • Some plants shown in 2" pots - see more info
  • Plants that require soil to stay healthy during transit - see more info
  • We commit to shipping bare roots, which requires more time and labor, and provide excellent quality and service to our customers - see Benefits of Shipping Bare Roots
  • You will receive a very similar plant to the one shown in the photos; shape and color may vary
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Care Instructions

Please visit our Succulent Care info page for more details.

To ensure the health of succulents, it is important to plant them in porous, well-draining soil. Succulents require little watering, but don't like to sit in wet soil. To create an adequate cactus mix, simply add pumice, perlite, or grit to cactus soil to provide the proper drainage.

Make sure to leave drought periods between waterings to prevent the plant from water-logging.

Weather Conditions

  • When ordering, be mindful that living succulents can freeze. If you live in an area that is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, please consider purchasing plant until the weather is more suitable.
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Vast majority of our plants shown in 4 Inch pot and above are shipped bare roots (See below for more details).

Most plants shown in  2 Inch pots   are shipped in their original plastic pots with soil because they are small and   are less subject to damaging during transit.

We carefully wrap each plant with wrapping   paper and place them securely inside the box. Then, we fill the remaining space in the box with newsprint paper, air pillows, or crinkle paper   to ensure the plants don't move around during shipping, and hence minimize shipping shock.

Shipping bare roots   and soft paper wrapping provide the following benefits :

Shipping Practices

In order for our plants to arrive at your front door in great condition, we have established the following shipping practices to ensure a safe arrival:  

  • The succulents are removed from their nursery pots, stripped of their soil, and set aside to dry if necessary.
  • Each succulent is then wrapped in paper to protect them during transit. It serves two purposes; a) to protect the plants from one another and b) to wick away any residual moisture from the root system.
  • The wrapped plants are then packed into a cardboard shipping box. The voids within the box are filled with eco-friendly newspaper and magazine paper, in order to prevent movement of the plants within the box, and hence minimize shipping shock.

While this process requires a significant time investment, we feel it's the best way to demonstrate our commitment to delivering high-quality plants in great condition.

We handpick the succulents and only ship out the most beautiful and healthy specimens. If you have any concern about the health and shape of your plants, please contact us immediately. We are always here to answer your questions.

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Our shipping rates are calculated based on the total weight of purchased items. Free Shipping is available when your order total is $49 or higher.

If your order is over 1 lb, the shipping rates will be charged at the next full pound rounded up. For example, if the current items in your cart weigh 1.2 lb, you could add more plants to your cart up to a total weight of 2 lb without incurring extra shipping cost.

Here are some weight range for different sizes of plants. The actual weight for each item might vary:

2 Inch Plants - 0.15 - 0.2 lb each

4 Inch Plants - 0.3 - 0.4 lb each

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8 Inch Plants - 0.7 - 1.2 lb each

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Plant orders are shipped within 1-3 business days from the date of purchase. We thank you for your patience as we are always working as hard   as possible to pack and ship your orders.

The reason why order processing could take up to 3 business days is because  when plants are removed from the soil in preparation for packaging and shipping, we need to wait for the plants and roots to dry out. This can ensure that they can stay healthy over the course of transit.

Occasionally, additional processing time may be required for restocking inventory between our nursery and store.

Additional processing time may be required during Sale or Promotional periods due to above average order volume.

If you need your order urgently, please contact us via chat or [email protected] to inquire about estimated handling time before you make your purchase.   

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If you place multiple orders within a short time frame, we may combine your orders and ship all your items in one package. A refund is not automatically given because each order requires time and labor to process, and in many occasions, combined shipping cost is only marginally lower because of the increase in shipping weight or possible Priority Mail shipping upgrade.

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We ship our plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year.

We partner and ship our orders with multiple major USPS carriers, including USPS, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. During the checkout process, you could select the shipping service that you prefer, and we'll try our best to accommodate your request. When we ship out the orders, there are cases that we might change and upgrade your shipping service to 2 day shipping, such as FedEx 2Day Express, without further notice.

Please note that these shipping times are simply estimates and may take longer than anticipated. Succulents Depot has no control over what happens to packages after they are in the possession of the shipping carrier. If your order takes longer than the expected due to a mishap with the shipping carrier, don't panic; succulents are very hardy and can handle shipping durations of a week to 10 days quite easily.

Receiving and Opening Your Package

While meticulously packaged, the plants might still be unhappy with being in a dark box for a long time. Therefore, some may look slightly dull and wilted. Therefore, right after you receive the package, open it immediately.

Carefully and gently remove the packing materials. Don't put the plants in sunlight immediately. These are greenhouse grown succulents, so they need to get acclimated to sunlight gradually. Keep them in shade or indirect sunlight, and slowly introduce them to direct sunlight.

Give the plants a few days to recover, then repot if necessary and start watering. If you receive the plants bare root, immediately pot them in succulent and cactus soil mix, then follow the same instructions above. The plants should perk up after getting a good soak from watering.

Visit our Succulent Care page   for additional info and tips.

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It is the responsibility of customers residing in areas subject to extreme heat waves to plan the shipments until the weather is safe for shipping. Please leave a note in your order or contact us to postpone or reschedule your shipments. Extremely high temperature can cause the plants to rot and die. Make sure to retrieve the packages as soon as they are delivered. Don't let the packages sit under direct sunlight for more than an hour. ⚠️ Succulents Depot is not responsible for damage done to plants by extreme weather. We cannot control the weather. Order at your own risk.

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It is the responsibility of customers residing in areas subject to freezing weather to purchase a Heat Pack. While heat packs do not guarantee protection from frost, they will help prevent damage from occurring. Make sure to retrieve the packages as soon as they are delivered. Don't let the packages sit under direct sunlight for more than an hour.

Heat Packs can be ordered here: ⚠️ Succulents Depot is not responsible for damage done to plants by extreme weather. We cannot control the weather. Order at your own risk.

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We only ship out beautiful and healthy plants that are disease free and of good quality. That being said, we cannot control what happens to your order during transit. We cannot accept returns for plants because the plants cannot survive 2 way shipping.

Please track your package and open it immediately upon arrival.  Fragile plants such as bear paw, baby toe, etc. may break or lose a few of their leaves during transport.

If you receive your package and are not satisfied, or if your plants are severely damaged, please message us immediately. We'll try our best to accommodate you.

Covered by Quality Guarantee:

  • Broken stems
  • Pest infestation (mealy bug, aphids, scale, etc)
  • Numerous broken or missing leaves
  • Incorrect or missing plant or product
  • Visible damage to pots, planters, or other accessories

Not Covered by Quality Guarantee (P artial credits may be granted subject to our review and approval) :

  • Damaged items or missing parts for reasons not due to our error
  • Dried or wilted bottom leaves (naturally occurring in all plants; can be easily pulled off without damaging the plant)
  • Dried or wilted flowers / blooms (naturally occurring in all plants; can be easily pulled off without damaging the plant)
  • Potting soil on leaves (easily washed off with first watering)
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  • Minor color / shape differences from photograph in product listings (many succulents change color / shape continuously)
  • Items damaged due to cold weather and a heat pack / shipping warmer is not purchased
  • Repotted plants that were shipped in the original nursery pot
  • Plants that fell off from the original nursery pot with stems and roots being intact and 75% or more healthy leaves remain intact
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Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year. Sedums such as Cherry Tart and Lime Zinger are dormant in the winter, i.e. they wilt, start dropping leaves, and look dead. It's simply a survival mechanism that help succulents stay alive over the cold winter and gear up for warmer days ahead.

We gladly offer refund, store credit, or replacements for your orders for reasons such as items arrived damaged, items not as described, items missing or not received, wrong items received, etc.

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Stenocereus pruinosus

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Stenocereus pruinosus , also commonly known as the ‘Gray Ghost Organ Pipe’, can grow up to a height of 6-7 meters and enter dormancy in winters. It is one of the most famous plants in the Cactaceae family. Stenocereus pruinosus is a Globose-shaped plant that has its origin in Mexico.

Growth Rate

Stenocereus pruinosus has a slow growth rate.

This attractive cactus blooms in Early spring and produces Pink, purple, or white flowers.

Watering and Feeding

You can water it regularly in the spring and fall when it grows the most. This plant, however, goes dormant in the winter. As a result, you should reduce or stop watering entirely. Even though Stenocereus pruinosus is a low-maintenance species, it could benefit from some fertilizer.

The most important factor to consider when selecting a potting medium for this plant is good drainage. It is best to look for a commercial mix designed specifically for cactus plants.

Gray Ghost Organ Pipe is not frost-hardy. It has a frost tolerance of 10° C (50° F) and belongs to the hardiness zone of 8b.

This ornamental houseplant requires direct sunlight and full sun exposure. If you are growing these cacti indoors, make sure they get at least 12 to 18 hours of direct sunlight per day.


You can propagate Stenocereus pruinosus from a stem cutting.

Stenocereus pruinosus is simple to care for, and it rewards your efforts and patience with lovely blooms and edible fruits. If you want to consider buying this plant, you should not think twice.

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Plants that are in 3.5" pots and smaller will be shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots. Any plant that is 6" and larger WILL NOT come with a pot as it will be shipped bare root.

Depending on the species and season, 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.

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