Plant Care Finger Cactus

Finger Cactus

Also known as

Nipple Cactus, Pineapple Cactus, Finger Mound and Long Mamma Nipple Cactus

Taxonomy

Mammillaria longimamma
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Finger Cactus

Water

How often to water your Finger Cactus

Water needs for Finger Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

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 Boston, Massachusetts.

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 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 Finger Cactus in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

37% Low

Growing Finger Cactus in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Finger Cactus in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

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

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

Read more

Light needs for plant Finger Cactus in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 31.2% ☀️

December 1st, 2021

Boston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to decrease by 31.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

Read more

Light needs for plant Finger Cactus in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Boston is getting an average of 7.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.9 total hours of dayli…

Read more

Finding light for Finger Cactus in your home

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

Finger Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

Finger Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Finger Cactus

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

When to repot Finger Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Finger Cactus in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Boston is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

Read more

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil

Care Summary for Finger Cactus

Finger Cactus

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 Boston, Massachusetts, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Trending in your area

Similar to Finger Cactus

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in