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

Taxonomy

Aporocactus flagelliformis
Aporocactus

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
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Kemah, TX
Rating of the plant Rat Tail Cactus named shaggers by Crumplednut on Greg, the plant care app
05/28/2021

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 un…

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Danielle avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rat Tail Cactus named Rat tail by Danielle on Greg, the plant care app
05/04/2021

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

How to care for Rat Tail Cactus

Water

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 located in Tampa, FL.

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

93% High

Growing Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa right now

Light needs for plant Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa, FL

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

June 13th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight i…

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Light needs for plant Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa, FL

Sunlight intensity will increase by 4.8% ☀️

June 13th, 2021

Tampa is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to increase by 4.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.4 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa, FL

Daylight will increase by 0.5 hours 📈

June 13th, 2021

This month, Tampa is getting an average of 11.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 3.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.8 total hours of dayli…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Tampa, FL ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Rat Tail Cactus thrive 🌿!

Nutrients

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.

When to repot Rat Tail Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Rat Tail Cactus in Tampa, FL

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

June 9th, 2021

The growing potential in Tampa is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any pla…

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Care Summary for Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus

Rat Tail Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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