Plant Care Branched Pencil Cholla

Branched Pencil Cholla

Also known as

Bush Cholla, Chollita, Chumbera, Pencil Cholla and Tasajo

Taxonomy

Cylindropuntia arbuscula
Cylindropuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Branched Pencil Cholla

💦 Water

How often to water your Branched Pencil Cholla

Water needs for Branched Pencil Cholla
0.5 cups
every 12

Branched Pencil Cholla 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.

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Branched Pencil Cholla in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Branched Pencil Cholla: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Branched Pencil Cholla love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Branched Pencil Cholla does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Branched Pencil Cholla

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Branched Pencil Cholla 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Branched Pencil Cholla 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


🧐 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 Branched Pencil Cholla

Branched Pencil Cholla


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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