Plant Care Banana Cactus

Banana Cactus

Also known as

cob cactus, prostrate hedgehog cactus, purple pitaya, strawberry cactus, strawberry hedgehog cactus, Pitaya and Smallspine Pitaya

Taxonomy

Echinocereus enneacanthus
Echinocereus
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Banana Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Banana Cactus

Water needs for Banana Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Banana 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 Banana Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Banana Cactus in your home

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

Banana Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Banana Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Banana Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Banana Cactus 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.

Banana Cactus Water Frequency →

Banana Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Banana Cactus 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 🏡.

Banana Cactus Light Requirements →

Banana Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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.


💨 Humidity

Banana Cactus prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Banana Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Banana Cactus is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Banana Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Banana Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Banana Cactus grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Banana Cactus is native to Southeastern United States and Mexico.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Banana Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Banana Cactus →


🧐 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 Banana Cactus

Banana Cactus

Banana Cactus


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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