Plant Care Eve's Needle Cactus

Eve's Needle Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (62 experiences)

Eve's Needle Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Eve's Needle Cactus

Eve's Needle Cactus is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging 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 3930 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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

Taxonomy

Austrocylindropuntia subulata
Austrocylindropuntia
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Eve's Pin

How to care for Eve's Needle Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Eve's Needle Cactus

Water needs for Eve's Needle Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Eve's Needle 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 Eve's Needle Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Eve's Needle Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Eve's Needle Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Eve's Needle Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Eve's Needle Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Eve's Needle Cactus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Eve's Needle Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Eve's Needle 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 Eve's Needle Cactus →

Common Eve's Needle Cactus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Eve's Needle 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.

Eve's Needle Cactus Water Frequency →

Eve's Needle Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Eve's Needle 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 🏡.

Eve's Needle Cactus Light Requirements →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Eve's Needle Cactus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Eve's Needle Cactus Toxicity to Dogs →

Eve's Needle Cactus Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Eve's Needle 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.


🪴 Soil

Eve's Needle 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 Eve's Needle Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Eve's Needle Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Eve's Needle 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 Eve's Needle Cactus →


🌎 Native Region

Eve's Needle Cactus is native to South America.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Eve's Needle Cactus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Eve's Needle Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Eve's Needle Cactus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Eve's Needle Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Eve's Needle Cactus can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Eve's Needle 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.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Eve's Needle 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 Eve's Needle Cactus

Eve's Needle Cactus

Eve's Needle 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

Eve's Needle Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 39
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 18
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Eve's Needle Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Evie_moon30 avatar
@@Evie_moon30
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 207 XP
12/17/2021

Don’t water to often. A good indicator is the spikes, when they look wrinkly then it need watering but if they look very full(?) then they don’t need it

Fast grower Fast grower
@Amysplants avatar
@@Amysplants
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 2,243 XP
globe Ilminster, England
11/02/2021

Easy plant

Survivor Survivor
@jonas avatar
@@jonas
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 423 XP
10/06/2021

Pretty boring and spiky but hard to kill off haha.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Craig avatar
@Craig
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Portsmouth, England
08/10/2021

This little guy has doubled in size since first buying! Very easy to care for and seems to thrive being repotted. Shows no signs of slowing down!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Caitlin avatar
@Caitlin
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 307 XP
globe Snodland, England
08/08/2021

Really easy to look after for a beginner

Survivor Survivor
@RJG avatar
@@RJG
leaf-1 136 Plants
xp 203,976 XP
globe Austin, TX
07/30/2021

got a free cutting from a neighbor! been cool to watch plankton thrive

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Laura avatar
@Laura
leaf-1 94 Plants
xp 2,383 XP
globe Lake Jackson, TX
07/27/2021

One of my much loved plants!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Sidonie avatar
@Sidonie
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 188 XP
globe Isleworth, England
07/19/2021

It has grown a lot but when i tried to reproduce it it won’t work

@StaceAkin avatar
@@StaceAkin
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 753 XP
globe Bristol, England
07/05/2021

Lovely to look at and resilient

Survivor Survivor
Silvia avatar
@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM
06/22/2021

Its a really interesting plant I would recommend if you like strange cactus.

Survivor Survivor
@pluuto avatar
@@pluuto
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 96 XP
05/22/2021

Easy to kill, but saves easily

@pluuto avatar
@@pluuto
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 96 XP
05/22/2021

Easy to kill, but saves eadily

@sarahnotsara avatar
@@sarahnotsara
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 999 XP
globe White Lake charter Township, MI
05/17/2021

Literally haven’t touched this plant since I bought it, I think it was free with another purchase. I watered it for the first time today. It just chills, super easy.

Survivor Survivor
@shaylahmae avatar
@@shaylahmae
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Fredericton, New Brunswick
05/17/2021

Needs more water than a typical cactus.

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

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