Plant Care Little Nipple Cactus

Little Nipple Cactus

4.5 out of 5 (28 experiences)

Little Nipple Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Little Nipple Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Taxonomy

Mammillaria heyderi
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Little Nipple Cactus

Water

How often to water your Little Nipple Cactus

Water needs for Little Nipple Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Little Nipple 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 Little Nipple Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Little Nipple Cactus in your home

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

Little Nipple Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Little Nipple Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Little Nipple Cactus

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

FAQs
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Care Summary for Little Nipple Cactus

Little Nipple Cactus

Little Nipple 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.

What other plant parents say

Little Nipple Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Little Nipple Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Little Nipple Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Little Nipple Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Little Nipple Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Little Nipple Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Little Nipple Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Jill avatar
@Jill
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 485 XP
08/08/2021

so cute

Shelby avatar
@Shelby
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 505 XP
globe Maryville, Missouri
08/01/2021

I love this cactus! It is so easy to take care of, and I haven’t had any problems with it! It is a little sharp so be careful, but it grows fast and it’s honestly so nice to have! I’ve only had to repot it once since I’ve had it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Apollotuplin avatar
@Apollotuplin
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 171 XP
05/24/2021

I’ve had this thing forever. Sadly it doesn’t grow much... but that might be mostly my fault. I love them a lot and I think they’re super cute!

Survivor Survivor
Katelikesplants avatar
@Katelikesplants
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
05/22/2021

my first plant love em to bits

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Laurensnipplebois avatar
@Laurensnipplebois
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 29 XP
globe Bootle, England
05/14/2021

grace is a lovely plant I love to water her

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Kitten avatar
@Kitten
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 279 XP
globe Miami, Florida
04/26/2021

die soon

Jenny k avatar
@Jenny k
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 245 XP
globe Canby, Oregon
04/09/2021

Likes 🥰 but Rarely needs water

Survivor Survivor
Maria avatar
@Maria
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 5,697 XP
globe Highland, California
03/26/2021

It’s dyed.

Survivor Survivor
Emmyanenome avatar
@Emmyanenome
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 1,855 XP
03/05/2021

Cute lil cactus, slow growing but occasionally gets a little crown of pink flowers 🥰
I tagged pet friendly because the spines are small, but so densely packed you can’t actually get to the flesh of the cactus itself. No nibbles for you!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor

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