Plant Care Globe Cactus

Globe Cactus

4.3 out of 5 (9 experiences)

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

Also known as

Mother of Hundreds


Mammillaria compressa

How to care for Globe Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Globe Cactus

Water needs for Globe Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Globe 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 Globe Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Mother of Hundreds in your home

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

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

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

Globe Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Globe Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Globe 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 Mother of Hundreds →

Common Mother of Hundreds Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Globe 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.

Mother of Hundreds Water Frequency →

Mother of Hundreds Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Globe 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 🏡.

Mother of Hundreds Light Requirements →

Mother of Hundreds Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Globe 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.

Mother of Hundreds Toxicity to Cats →

Mother of Hundreds Toxicity to Dogs →

Mother of Hundreds Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Globe 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.

Mother of Hundreds Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Globe 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 Mother of Hundreds →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mother of Hundreds →

💩 Fertilizer

Globe 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 Mother of Hundreds →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Globe 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

Globe Cactus is native to the Southwestern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.

🌸 Flowers

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

Mother of Hundreds Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Globe Cactus is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Mother of Hundreds →

🌱 Propagation

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

How to Propagate Mother of Hundreds →

🧐 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 Globe 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 Globe Cactus

Globe Cactus

Globe 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

Globe Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Globe Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Globe Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Globe Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
@spicyadelaide avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Orlando, FL

Might grow tilted, low maintenance. definitely a survivor some of my plants accidentally kept out of the sun for a week and this plant not only bounced back but started growing shortly after being placed back in the sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@maggieme23 avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,031 XP

I kid you not I bought this 5 years ago and I haven’t watered in probably 3 years. Forgot it existed and it’s still kickin. Looks the same as when I bought it

Survivor Survivor
Lana avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Canton, OH

it's easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@pig333 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 45 XP

Doesn’t need a lot of water at all, likes sun, doesn’t grow very fast and remains the same.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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