Plant Care Common Fishhook Cactus

Common Fishhook Cactus

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Common Fishhook Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Common Fishhook Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Mammillaria tetrancistra.

Taxonomy

Mammillaria tetrancistra
Mammillaria
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Common Fishhook Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Fishhook Cactus

Water needs for Common Fishhook Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Common Fishhook 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 Common Fishhook Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Fishhook Cactus in your home

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

Common Fishhook Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Common Fishhook Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Fishhook Cactus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Fishhook Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Common Fishhook Cactus 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

Common Fishhook Cactus 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

Common Fishhook Cactus 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

Common Fishhook Cactus 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

Common Fishhook Cactus 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 Common Fishhook Cactus 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

Common Fishhook Cactus is native to the Southwestern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.


🧐 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 Common Fishhook Cactus

Common Fishhook Cactus

Common Fishhook Cactus


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

Common Fishhook Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Common Fishhook Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Common Fishhook Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Common Fishhook Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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07/25/2021

Lovely looking cactus however be careful of those hooks. Ouch!

Fast grower Fast grower
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