Plant Care Cristata


4.6 out of 5 (91 experiences)

Cristata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Cristata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Lady Finger Cactus, Lady Finger Cactus, Ladyfinger Cactus, Brain Cactus, Globe Cactus and Gold Lace Cactus


Mammillaria elongata

How to care for Cristata


How often to water your Cristata

Water needs for Cristata
0.5 cups
every 12

Cristata 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 Cristata

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Lady Finger Cactus in your home

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

Cristata love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cristata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Cristata

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

Difficulty Level

Cristata is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Cristata



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

Cristata has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 72
Cristata has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 24
Cristata has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Cristata has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Cristata has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Cristata has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Cristata has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@Louiseb avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 209 XP

Once a forgotten ikea buy and now he’s flourishing with a regular watering plan. Repotted him today and he’s very much grown! Can’t wait to see him sprout up more!

Survivor Survivor
@hippiechickie avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Amherstburg, Ontario

Lady finger cactus need little maintenance and look pretty cute!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Farnham Common, England

Don’t spike your hands

Survivor Survivor
@Alannahoc avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Brookhill, County Clare

This Cactus used to be my brothers , it’s survived for nearly 10 years , in this time we’ve moved 3 times and he’s always made it. This cactus is the reason I grow anything. Absolute Trooper ;)

Survivor Survivor
@kaylanicholed avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Killingly, CT

Honestly this plant will survive with anything. Like when i first got this plant i didn’t have any like proper dirt for it so i went outside and dug up some dirt and this guy thrived off of it for months. he was so tiny when i got him like the size of a pinky toe

Survivor Survivor
@CellaKay avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,322 XP
globe Lake Stevens, WA

Very easy to grow. Requires very little attention. Just needs a sunny window and a little water.

@maisierose avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP

super easy to keep alive and the different “branches” and unique needles are super cute

Survivor Survivor
@ihaveapigplant avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bellingham, WA

super cute and easy to care for

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Caitlin avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 307 XP
globe Snodland, England

Has really pretty flowers, easy to care for!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Hannah avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Auckland

For a cacti this thing grows very well and has been alive for probably four years now and still thriving. It’s Probably tripled in size since I brought it

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@sharnirose avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP

This is a special one, my husband gifted it to me on our second date (4 odd years ago). And it’s still going!! Its got two little babies and of course being a cactus is undemanding.

Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 8,512 XP
globe Mount Prospect, IL

Easy to stab yourself but worth it for how cute it is

Evie avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 412 XP

I really don’t do much with my Lady Finger cactus. Water occasionally and sit by a window seems to make it happy.

Survivor Survivor
Adz avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP
globe Oak Park, CA

low maintenance and incredibly cute. mine is tiny but definitely a fighter, had him for about a year and he’s doing great. :)

Survivor Survivor
@bevanne avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 332 XP

mine falls to the side… as cacti do

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@jam1s0n avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 556 XP

she just stays and chills 😎

Survivor Survivor
@jenkobeeno avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 224 XP


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Drake avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 202 XP

Really hard to kill

Survivor Survivor
Cara avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 118 XP

Pretty cool plant. I think it looks great and it doesn’t die quickly. Really spikey tho. Like really spikey. These needles latch on so easily but not super difficult to remove.

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