Plant Care Variegated Corncob Cactus

Variegated Corncob Cactus

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Also known as

Euphorbia mammillaris variegata


Euphorbia mammillaris 'Variegata'

How to care for Variegated Corncob Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Variegated Corncob Cactus

Water needs for Variegated Corncob Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Variegated Corncob 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 Variegated Corncob Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Variegated Corncob Cactus in your home

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

Variegated Corncob Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Variegated Corncob Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Variegated Corncob Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Variegated Corncob Cactus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Variegated Corncob Cactus →

Common Variegated Corncob Cactus Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Variegated Corncob 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.

Variegated Corncob Cactus Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Variegated Corncob 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Variegated Corncob Cactus is extremely dangerous if consumed. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian immediately. Variegated Corncob Cactus is not recommended for homes with children, cats, or dogs.

💨 Humidity

Variegated Corncob Cactus enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

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🪴 Soil

Variegated Corncob 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 Variegated Corncob Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Variegated Corncob Cactus →

💩 Fertilizer

Variegated Corncob 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 Variegated Corncob Cactus →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Variegated Corncob 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

Variegated Corncob Cactus is native to Worldwide.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Variegated Corncob Cactus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Variegated Corncob Cactus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 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.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Variegated Corncob Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Variegated Corncob Cactus

Variegated Corncob Cactus

Variegated Corncob 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

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One of my favorites! So otherworldly! It’s not demanding, and it’s so interesting to watch grow.

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