Plant Care Lady Finger Cactus

Lady Finger Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (84 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

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 Tucson, Arizona.

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 Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

59% Medium

Growing Lady Finger Cactus in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Tucson, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 5th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Tucson, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 19.2% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Tucson is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to decrease by 19.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Lady Finger Cactus in Tucson, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 3rd, 2021

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 10.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of dayli…

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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 🚫.

Tucson, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample 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.

FAQs
Water Needs
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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 Tucson, Arizona, 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 65
Lady Finger Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 22
Lady Finger Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
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 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
Timur avatar
@Timur
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 21 XP
globe Farnham Common, England
11/16/2021

Don’t spike your hands

Survivor Survivor
Alannahoc avatar
@Alannahoc
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 132 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
Mr. avatar
@Mr.
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 157 XP
globe Killingly, Connecticut
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, Washington
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
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@Ihaveapigplant
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Bellingham, Washington
09/07/2021

super cute and easy to care for

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Caitlin avatar
@Caitlin
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 178 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
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@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
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@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,712 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
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, California
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 4 Plants
xp 236 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
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@Jenkobeeno
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 193 XP
06/11/2021

spikey

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Drake avatar
@Drake
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 192 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.

Kelsey avatar
@Kelsey
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 182 XP
globe Alpharetta, Georgia
05/24/2021

Is good and cute

Fast grower Fast grower
Mpriest avatar
@Mpriest
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 57 XP
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!

Survivor Survivor

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