Plant Care Balloon Cactus

Balloon Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Balloon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Balloon Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Ball Cactus, Notocactus magnificus and Parodia magnifica.


Parodia magnifica

How to care for Balloon Cactus


How often to water your Balloon Cactus

Water needs for Balloon Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Balloon 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 Westerville, Ohio.

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 Balloon Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Plant care guide for Balloon Cactus in Westerville, Ohio

Westerville, Ohio

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Finding light for Balloon Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Balloon Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Balloon Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Westerville, Ohio ⛅.

Balloon Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Balloon Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Balloon 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 Balloon Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Balloon Cactus

Balloon Cactus

Balloon Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Balloon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 7
Balloon Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Balloon Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Balloon Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@Kidd213 avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 474 XP
globe La Puente, CA


Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@isabelle.rose avatar
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 2,164 XP
globe Wauwatosa, WI

it has never changed in size color or shape since I got it which I can’t tell if it’s good or bad

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