Plant Care Columnar Cactus

Columnar Cactus

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Columnar Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor


Cereus forbesii

How to care for Columnar Cactus


How often to water your Columnar Cactus

Water needs for Columnar Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Columnar 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 Columnar Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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

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Finding light for Columnar Cactus in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Columnar Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Columnar Cactus in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Columnar Cactus

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

Difficulty Level

Columnar Cactus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Columnar Cactus

Columnar Cactus

Columnar Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft 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

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This plant is a drought tolerant plant, meaning it survives my Under watering well!

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