Plant Care Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus

5.0 out of 5 (2 experiences)

Rat Tail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Rat Tail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Dog Tail Cactus


Aporocactus flagelliformis

How to care for Rat Tail Cactus


How often to water your Rat Tail Cactus

Water needs for Rat Tail Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Rat Tail Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rat Tail Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Rat Tail Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rat Tail Cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rat Tail Cactus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Rat Tail Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rat Tail Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rat Tail Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rat Tail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Rat Tail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Rat Tail Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Rat Tail Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Crumplednut avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Kemah, Texas

its just heckin awesome man just do it, jighly recommend switching to a mist bottle of succulents discourage you. if you get a tiny one your hand will hurt before you can even doubt if you over or under watered (-:

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Danielle avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 40 XP

I love it especially when it becomes super long! It feels soft when you brush the spikes downwards.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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