Plant Care Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle Cactus

Also known as

Runyon's beehive cactus and Nipple beehive cactus

Taxonomy

Coryphantha macromeris
Coryphantha
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Big Needle Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Big Needle Cactus

Water needs for Big Needle Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Big Needle 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 Big Needle Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Big Needle Cactus in your home

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

Big Needle Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Big Needle Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Big Needle Cactus

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Big Needle Cactus thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Big Needle Cactus Water Frequency →

Big Needle Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Big Needle Cactus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Big Needle Cactus Light Requirements →

Big Needle Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Big Needle Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Big Needle Cactus →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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