Plant Care Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (89 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


Mammillaria elongata

How to care for Lady Finger Cactus


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 San Diego, 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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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.

Plant care guide for Lady Finger Cactus in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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Growing Lady Finger Cactus in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 25th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in San Diego, California

Sunlight will increase by 23.1% ☀️

January 25th, 2022

San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 23.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.8 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in San Diego, California

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 25th, 2022

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of da…

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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 San Diego, California ⛅.

Lady Finger Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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 San Diego, California

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

January 24th, 2022

The growing potential in San Diego 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 rep…

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Diego, 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 69
Lady Finger Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 23
Lady Finger Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 8
Lady Finger Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 6
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
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globe Amherstburg, Ontario

Lady finger cactus need little maintenance and look pretty cute!

Survivor Survivor
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globe Farnham Common, England

Don’t spike your hands

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Brookhill, County Clare

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
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Killingly, Connecticut

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
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Lake Stevens, Washington

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

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 131 XP

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

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Bellingham, Washington

super cute and easy to care for

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Snodland, England

Has really pretty flowers, easy to care for!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Auckland

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
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP

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
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leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe Kenosha, Wisconsin

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

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leaf-1 12 Plants
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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
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globe Oak Park, California

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
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leaf-1 4 Plants
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mine falls to the side… as cacti do

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 556 XP

she just stays and chills 😎

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 197 XP


Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 192 XP

Really hard to kill

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 118 XP

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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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Alpharetta, Georgia

Is good and cute

Fast grower Fast grower

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