Plant Care Pincushion cactus

Pincushion cactus

4.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Pincushion cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Pincushion cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Spinystar and Viviparous foxtail cactus


Escobaria vivipara

How to care for Pincushion cactus


How often to water your Pincushion cactus

Water needs for Pincushion cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Pincushion 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 Pincushion cactus

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 Pincushion cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Pincushion cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Pincushion cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Pincushion cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Pincushion cactus

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Pincushion cactus

Pincushion cactus

Pincushion 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

Pincushion cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Pincushion cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Pincushion cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Pincushion cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Laurensplantbbs avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 196 XP

Flowers come and go quickly and don’t over water 😊🪴

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Leostoddart avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 47 XP
globe Billings, Montana

they’re really good for forgetful people and beginner plant parents. mine have been alive for around a year and i forget to water them a lot and they don’t always get the most sun. but they are still thriving!! they’re also a very attractive plant and are essential for any space

Kylie avatar
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 750 XP
globe Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

It constantly puts out babies to propagate and rarely needs watered. Mine isn’t in a super sunny location but still survives

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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