Plant Care Branched Pencil Cholla

Branched Pencil Cholla

Also known as

Bush Cholla, Chollita, Chumbera, Pencil Cholla and Tasajo


Cylindropuntia arbuscula

How to care for Branched Pencil Cholla


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

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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 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 🏡.


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.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Branched Pencil Cholla

Branched Pencil Cholla

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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