Plant Care Mammillaria Melanocentra

Mammillaria Melanocentra

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

Also known as

Mammilllaria Melanocentra

Taxonomy

Mammillaria melanocentra
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Mammillaria Melanocentra

💦 Water

How often to water your Mammillaria Melanocentra

Water needs for Mammillaria Melanocentra
0.5 cups
every 12

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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 Melanocentra

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Mammillaria Melanocentra in your home

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

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

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

Mammillaria Melanocentra does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mammillaria Melanocentra

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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.

Mammillaria Melanocentra Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 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.

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💨 Humidity

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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.

Mammillaria Melanocentra Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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!

Best Soil Mix for Mammillaria Melanocentra →

When and How to Successfully Repot Mammillaria Melanocentra →


💩 Fertilizer

Mammillaria Melanocentra 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Mammillaria Melanocentra →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Mammillaria Melanocentra 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 Melanocentra is native to the Southwestern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

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

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🧐 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 Melanocentra

Mammillaria Melanocentra

Mammillaria Melanocentra


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 Melanocentra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Mammillaria Melanocentra has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
@PeacefulBohoBby avatar
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leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 5,335 XP
globe Houston, TX
01/17/2022

It grows veryyyy slow. I had to sit up out the soil just so I can be able to tell if it’s growing or not. Lol, I’m still waiting to see something “happen”, however… as long as it’s not turning brown, I think I’m doing something right :) It’s a cutieee, but she will make teach you patience.

@jacob avatar
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leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,538 XP
globe Champaign, IL
06/09/2021

Very slow grower, but easy to take care of.

@TrippyLittleHippie avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP
06/07/2021

They are incredibly resistant to droughts and are fantastic growers

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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