Plant Care Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle Cactus

Also known as

Runyon's beehive cactus and Nipple beehive cactus


Coryphantha macromeris

How to care for Big Needle Cactus


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

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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 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 🏡.


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.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle Cactus

Big Needle 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.

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