Plant Care Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (91 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, Brain Cactus, Globe Cactus and Gold Lace Cactus

Taxonomy

Mammillaria elongata
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

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 located in Oakland, California.

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

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.

Plant care guide for Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland, California

Oakland, California

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Growing Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland right now

Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 29th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland, California

Sunlight will decrease by 26.9% ☀️

November 29th, 2022

Oakland is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to decrease by 26.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.4 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland, California

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

November 25th, 2022

This month, Oakland is getting an average of 10.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.4 total hours of day…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Oakland, California ⛅.

Lady Finger Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot Lady Finger Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Oakland, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2022

The growing potential in Oakland is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Lady Finger 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 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 your location in Oakland, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Lady Finger Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 72
Lady Finger Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 24
Lady Finger Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Lady Finger Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Lady Finger Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
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
Louiseb avatar
@Louiseb
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 209 XP
03/10/2022

Once a forgotten ikea buy and now he’s flourishing with a regular watering plan. Repotted him today and he’s very much grown! Can’t wait to see him sprout up more!

Survivor Survivor
Hippiechickie avatar
@Hippiechickie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 44 XP
globe Amherstburg, Ontario
01/16/2022

Lady finger cactus need little maintenance and look pretty cute!

Survivor Survivor
Timur avatar
@Timur
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Farnham Common, England
11/16/2021

Don’t spike your hands

Survivor Survivor
Alannahoc avatar
@Alannahoc
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Brookhill, County Clare
10/25/2021

This Cactus used to be my brothers , it’s survived for nearly 10 years , in this time we’ve moved 3 times and he’s always made it. This cactus is the reason I grow anything. Absolute Trooper ;)

Survivor Survivor
Kaylanicholed avatar
@Kaylanicholed
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Killingly, CT
09/27/2021

Honestly this plant will survive with anything. Like when i first got this plant i didn’t have any like proper dirt for it so i went outside and dug up some dirt and this guy thrived off of it for months. he was so tiny when i got him like the size of a pinky toe

Survivor Survivor
Cellakay avatar
@Cellakay
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,322 XP
globe Lake Stevens, WA
09/15/2021

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

Maisierose avatar
@Maisierose
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP
09/08/2021

super easy to keep alive and the different “branches” and unique needles are super cute

Survivor Survivor
Ihaveapigplant avatar
@Ihaveapigplant
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bellingham, WA
09/07/2021

super cute and easy to care for

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Caitlin avatar
@Caitlin
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 268 XP
globe Snodland, England
08/08/2021

Has really pretty flowers, easy to care for!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Hannah avatar
@Hannah
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Auckland
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Sharnirose avatar
@Sharnirose
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP
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.

Survivor Survivor
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 6,970 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
07/15/2021

Easy to stab yourself but worth it for how cute it is

Evie avatar
@Evie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 412 XP
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.

Survivor Survivor
Adz avatar
@Adz
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP
globe Oak Park, CA
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. :)

Survivor Survivor
Bevanne avatar
@Bevanne
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 298 XP
06/22/2021

mine falls to the side… as cacti do

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Jam1s0n avatar
@Jam1s0n
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 556 XP
06/16/2021

she just stays and chills 😎

Survivor Survivor
Jenkobeeno avatar
@Jenkobeeno
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 224 XP
06/11/2021

spikey

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Drake avatar
@Drake
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 202 XP
06/09/2021

Really hard to kill

Survivor Survivor
Cara avatar
@Cara
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 118 XP
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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