Plant Care feather cactus

feather cactus


Mammilaria plumosa

How to care for feather cactus


How often to water your feather cactus

Water needs for feather cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

feather 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 feather cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 feather cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant feather cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

feather cactus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize feather cactus

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

Care Summary for feather cactus

feather cactus

feather cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


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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