Plant Care Hedge Cactus

Hedge Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (57 experiences)

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

About Hedge Cactus

Hedge 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 1638 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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


Cereus hildmannianus

Also known as

Andes Organ Pipe Cactus, Queen of the Night and Apple Cactus

How to care for Hedge Cactus


How often to water your Hedge Cactus

Water needs for Hedge Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Hedge 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 Hedge Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Hedge Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Hedge Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Hedge Cactus

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

Difficulty Level

Hedge 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!

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Care Summary for Hedge Cactus

Hedge Cactus

Hedge 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

Hedge Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 40
Hedge Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Hedge Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Hedge Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Hedge Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Hedge Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@YveO avatar
leaf-1 106 Plants
xp 4,999 XP

It’s another one of those do ‘little to nothing’ plants!! Plus it’s majestic to look at.

Survivor Survivor
@Kelly4444 avatar
leaf-1 135 Plants
xp 18,160 XP

Really cute and fuzzy. Unique ❤️🌺

Andrea avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Neenah, WI

My Mom took cuttings from my Grandpa’s cactus for each of us grandkids. ❤️

Survivor Survivor
@Fart avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 64 XP

I have not watered this thing in 2 months and it’s still standing

Survivor Survivor
Mila avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 51 XP
globe Marco Island, FL

Easy to take care of and cute :)

Survivor Survivor
Brylee avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 40 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta

I love my plant because one day I forgot about it and then I didn’t water it for like a couple days and it was still alive and fine so that’s why I like cactuses

Survivor Survivor
@SuedeGalaxy avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Scottsdale, AZ

it’s really easy to take care of and gets new growth quickly with just a bit of tlc!

Survivor Survivor
Michael avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Kyiv, Kyiv city


Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@plantlady310 avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 248 XP

This plan is so low maintenance! I water it maybe once a month if not less.

Survivor Survivor
Graci avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 138 XP

This plant is hard to kill and even though it looks bad it’s only because my cat ate part of it 😅😅

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Madison avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 329 XP
globe Andover, CT

Doesn't look it, but hard to repot cause he's prickly

Survivor Survivor
@jadesghost avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 72 XP

Low maintenance- definitely great if you are a busy person

Survivor Survivor
@14ashbean avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 258 XP

Try not to overwater, if the pot is overflowing then it's too much. Try to water as little as possible

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@laursinger avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 547 XP
globe King of Prussia, PA

I like mine, but it hasn’t really shown much growth or anything interesting. It looks cool though and the spines aren’t super sharp (still be careful)!

Survivor Survivor
@Maceanna avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 74 XP

Just be careful when re potting ❤️

Survivor Survivor
Dana avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 181 XP

This little guy seems to thrive on neglect
It’s been very easy to care for & it makes me happy. Even though it has needles, they are not prickly.

Survivor Survivor
@Popsicle49 avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 4,109 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, FL

Christophe is a rescue plant. I found the bottom part on top of someone’s trash. He quickly adjusted and thrived, growing like a weed haha. He is beautiful and brings me much joy.

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

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