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


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

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 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 🏡.


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.

Water Needs
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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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