Plant Care Peanut Cactus

Peanut Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (18 experiences)

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

Also known as

echinoposis chamaecereus, Echinopsis chamaecereus., ECHINOPSIS CHAM. LINCOLN PRINCE, Echinopsis chamacereus and Echinopsis chamaecereous

Taxonomy

Echinopsis chamaecereus
Echinopsis
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Peanut Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Peanut Cactus

Water needs for Peanut Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Peanut 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 Peanut Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Peanut Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Peanut Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Peanut Cactus

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Peanut 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.

Peanut Cactus Water Frequency →

Peanut Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Peanut 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 🏡.

Peanut 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.

Peanut Cactus Toxicity to Dogs →

Peanut Cactus Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Peanut 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.

Peanut Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Peanut 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 Peanut Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Peanut 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 Peanut Cactus →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Peanut 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

Peanut Cactus is native to South America.


🧐 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 Peanut Cactus

Peanut Cactus

Peanut 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.

What other plant parents say

Peanut Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Peanut Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Peanut Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Peanut Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Peanut Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Dawn avatar
@Dawn
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 582 XP
globe Madison, WI
12/13/2021

I think it would be very hard to kill this plant. I used to water it everyday, but my Mom’s can go a week or more without water and our plants are still thriving. This cactus produces lots of baby cacti and you can give them to friends.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Aetherson avatar
@@Aetherson
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 1,881 XP
globe Kingsville, Victoria
08/15/2021

Amazing little cactus. Loves tight quarters. Minimise water in winter and early spring to get large volumes of flame like flowers in late spring through to mid-summer’

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Crazycactuslady avatar
@@Crazycactuslady
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 457 XP
08/12/2021

Peanut cacti don’t need a whole lot of sun. I’ve found that this little guy grows relatively fast without direct sunlight and actually prefers to be shaded.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Heather avatar
@Heather
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 54 XP
globe Yorba Linda, CA
07/29/2021

grows tall really fast! so be prepared

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@76clarissa avatar
@@76clarissa
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 148 XP
05/24/2021

cute tbh

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Brittany avatar
@Brittany
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 169 XP
05/17/2021

Beautiful and easy!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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