Plant Care Dog Tail Cactus

Dog Tail Cactus

Reviewed by: None | Last Updated: 09/08/2022

4.3 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Dog Tail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dog Tail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Deamia testudo and Strophocactus testudo

Taxonomy

Deamia testudo
Deamia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Dog Tail Cactus

Water

How often to water your Dog Tail Cactus

Water needs for Dog Tail Cactus
0.5 cups
every 9

Dog Tail Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 Dog Tail Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Dog Tail Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dog Tail Cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Dog Tail Cactus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Dog Tail Cactus

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

Care Summary for Dog Tail Cactus

Dog Tail Cactus

Dog Tail Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Dog Tail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Dog Tail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Dog Tail Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Dog Tail Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Dog Tail Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Aur0ra avatar
@Aur0ra
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,555 XP
07/27/2021

not sure on this one, the growth is all sideways and even when i turn it away from the sun it doesn’t bend back up

Tadison avatar
@Tadison
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 894 XP
globe Lancaster, PA
05/16/2021

This this will not die. I am horrible at keep plants alive, and so far he has been THRIVING for almost 2 years. Honestly watered probably less than 20 times in 2 years.

Survivor Survivor
Treeoflife1993 avatar
@Treeoflife1993
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 198 XP
globe Tonawanda, NY
03/31/2021

Seems to be a slow growing plant. Kind of fussy as well. Overall a good plant though. Looks really cool!

Survivor Survivor
Pdubs55 avatar
@Pdubs55
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,684 XP
globe Port Monmouth, NJ
02/19/2021

Goes crazy in sauce

Fast grower Fast grower

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