Plant Care Mammillaria Compressa

Mammillaria Compressa

4.3 out of 5 (9 experiences)

Mammillaria Compressa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Mammillaria Compressa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Mother of Hundreds, Mother of Hundreds and Globe Cactus

Taxonomy

Mammillaria compressa
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Mammillaria Compressa

💦 Water

How often to water your Mammillaria Compressa

Water needs for Mammillaria Compressa
0.5 cups
every 12

Mammillaria Compressa 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 Mammillaria Compressa

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mother of Hundreds in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mammillaria Compressa: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mammillaria Compressa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Mammillaria Compressa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mammillaria Compressa in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mammillaria Compressa

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Mammillaria Compressa thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mammillaria Compressa requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Mammillaria Compressa enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.


🪴 Soil

Mammillaria Compressa is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Mammillaria Compressa grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Mammillaria Compressa to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Mammillaria Compressa is native to the Southwestern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Mammillaria Compressa produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Mammillaria Compressa

Mammillaria Compressa

Mammillaria Compressa


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

Mammillaria Compressa has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Mammillaria Compressa has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Mammillaria Compressa has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Mammillaria Compressa has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
@spicyadelaide avatar
@@spicyadelaide
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Orlando, FL
08/28/2021

Might grow tilted, low maintenance. definitely a survivor some of my plants accidentally kept out of the sun for a week and this plant not only bounced back but started growing shortly after being placed back in the sun

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@maggieme23 avatar
@@maggieme23
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,031 XP
06/09/2021

I kid you not I bought this 5 years ago and I haven’t watered in probably 3 years. Forgot it existed and it’s still kickin. Looks the same as when I bought it

Survivor Survivor
Lana avatar
@Lana
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Canton, OH
06/09/2021

it's easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@pig333 avatar
@@pig333
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 45 XP
04/28/2021

Doesn’t need a lot of water at all, likes sun, doesn’t grow very fast and remains the same.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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