Plant Care Strawberry cactus

Strawberry cactus

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Strawberry cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Strawberry cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

California fishhook cactus, Strawberry pincusion, Fishhook cactus and fish hook cactus


Cochemiea dioica

How to care for Strawberry cactus


How often to water your Strawberry cactus

Water needs for Strawberry cactus
0.5 cups
every 9

Strawberry cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 Strawberry cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Strawberry cactus in your home

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

Strawberry 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 Strawberry cactus

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

Water Needs
Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Strawberry cactus

Strawberry cactus

Strawberry cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 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.

What other plant parents say

Strawberry cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Strawberry cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@savannahatkinson avatar
leaf-1 39 Plants
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globe San Jose, CA

Forgot about this gal outside for a long time and she was perfectly fine. Now I’m taking good care of her and she’s been blooming flowers!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor

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