Plant Care Domino Cactus

Domino Cactus

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Domino Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Domino Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Domino Cactus

Domino Cactus is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 208 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Domino Cactus likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Domino Cactus belongs to the Echinopsis genus, and is native to Bolivia.


Echinopsis ancistrophora

Also known as

Easter Lily Cactus, Echinopsis subdenudata and Echinopsis subdenudatum

How to care for Domino Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Domino Cactus

Water needs for Domino Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Domino 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 Domino Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Domino Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Domino Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Domino Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Domino Cactus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Domino Cactus →

Common Domino Cactus Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Domino 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.

Domino Cactus Water Frequency →

Domino Cactus Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Domino 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 🏡.

Domino Cactus Light Requirements →

Domino 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

Domino 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.

Domino Cactus Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Domino 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Domino Cactus →

💩 Fertilizer

Domino 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Domino Cactus →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Domino Cactus to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Domino Cactus is native to South America.

🌸 Flowers

Domino Cactus produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Domino Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Domino Cactus Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Domino Cactus can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Domino Cactus

Domino Cactus

Domino Cactus

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

Domino Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Domino Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Domino Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Domino Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Domino Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@Earthling.olive avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 602 XP

Honestly I don’t really pay attention to it and it thrives

Survivor Survivor
@Cheribuno avatar
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,935 XP
globe Richmond, Victoria

Had big boi for 4 years he’s produced multiple babies over 10! He’s a thrived and surviver very easy to keep happy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Atrazine avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 1,396 XP
globe St. Albert, Alberta

Super cute

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@laughandbelly avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 62 XP

Grew flowers after 5 years of care. :)

Survivor Survivor
@rae avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 60 XP
globe Scottsdale, AZ

so cute! i’m not sure how big it will grow but it’s a cactus so it’s easy to take care of.

Survivor Survivor

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