Plant Care Lady Finger Cactus
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Lady Finger Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (72 experiences)

Lady Finger Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Lady Finger Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Ladyfinger Cactus, Cristata, brain cactus, globe cactus/gold lace cactus, Gold Lace Cactus and Cactaceae

Taxonomy

Mammillaria elongata
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Lady Finger Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 55
Lady Finger Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 18
Lady Finger Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Lady Finger Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Lady Finger Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Lady Finger Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Lady Finger Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Lady Finger Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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@Marieplcht
Longueuil, Québec
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named picpic by Marieplcht on Greg, the plant care app
05/11/2021

you need to water it every 8 days, and if you forget to water it it will not die, so it’s a great plant for people with a busy life. Also, pets aren’t very eating it since it’s a spiky cactus

Sharnirose avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Love Cactus by Sharnirose on Greg, the plant care app
07/22/2021

This is a special one, my husband gifted it to me on our second date (4 odd years ago). And it’s still going!! Its got two little babies and of course being a cactus is undemanding.

Cara avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Many by Cara on Greg, the plant care app
05/24/2021

Pretty cool plant. I think it looks great and it doesn’t die quickly. Really spikey tho. Like really spikey. These needles latch on so easily but not super difficult to remove.

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@Hannah
Auckland
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Prick 1 by Hannah on Greg, the plant care app
08/05/2021

For a cacti this thing grows very well and has been alive for probably four years now and still thriving. It’s Probably tripled in size since I brought it

Mpriest avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Ladyfinger Cactus by Mpriest on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

I love this plant because it’s hardy and easy to maintain. It’s not the prettiest plant I’ve seen so I rated it 4/5, but I still love it!

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@Jenny k
Canby, Oregon
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named LiloStitch by Jenny k on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

This cactus even sat outside its pot accidentally for over a week before it was realized. This guy takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.

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@Adz
Oak Park, California
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named gold lace cactus <3 by Adz on Greg, the plant care app
06/23/2021

low maintenance and incredibly cute. mine is tiny but definitely a fighter, had him for about a year and he’s doing great. :)

Evie avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Artemis by Evie on Greg, the plant care app
07/02/2021

I really don’t do much with my Lady Finger cactus. Water occasionally and sit by a window seems to make it happy.

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@Kita-4290
Marion, North Carolina
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Ladybug by Kita-4290 on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

Make sure you have your cactus away from cats especially bc mine used to try to smack it all the time. 💀💀

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@Cellakay
Lake Stevens, Washington
Rating of the plant Lady Finger Cactus named Your plant by Cellakay on Greg, the plant care app
09/15/2021

Very easy to grow. Requires very little attention. Just needs a sunny window and a little water.

How to care for Lady Finger Cactus

Water

How often to water your Lady Finger Cactus

Water needs for Lady Finger Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Lady Finger 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 Lady Finger Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Lady Finger Cactus in your home

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

Lady Finger Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Lady Finger Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Lady Finger Cactus

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

Care Summary for Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger 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.

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