Plant Care Mountain Ball Cactus
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Mountain Ball Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (28 experiences)

Mountain Ball Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Simpson Hedgehog Cactus

Taxonomy

Pediocactus simpsonii
Pediocactus
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Mountain Ball Cactus

Water

How often to water your Mountain Ball Cactus

Water needs for Mountain Ball Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Mountain Ball 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 Mountain Ball Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Simpson Hedgehog Cactus in your home

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

Mountain Ball Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Mountain Ball Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Mountain Ball Cactus

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

Care Summary for Mountain Ball Cactus

Mountain Ball Cactus

Mountain Ball 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

Mountain Ball Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 21
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Mountain Ball Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Katieb1234 avatar
@Katieb1234
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Brownhills, England
09/08/2021

This cactus grows cute little pink flowers in the spring time!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
James avatar
@James
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe New Carlisle, Ohio
09/06/2021

Very prickly, but easy to take care of.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Millmolls avatar
@Millmolls
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 167 XP
08/21/2021

easy to take care of and grow from seeds!

Survivor Survivor
Nayalin avatar
@Nayalin
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP
globe Fullerton, California
07/10/2021

super cute!

Survivor Survivor
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@Sidney_gia75
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Sioux Falls, South Dakota
07/03/2021

This guy is a beast. If you forget to water a plant, A CACTUS is the answer. But if you’re the person who over waters a plant make sure you have drainage with a cactus or else it will die. Only thing i worry about is pets going to sniff it and pricks their nose. I’m on my toes when my pets are close by to my cactus. But overall not a hard plant to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
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@Sabrina.cheyenne
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Sand Springs, Oklahoma
06/24/2021

Doesn’t really change

Survivor Survivor
D4ni3113 avatar
@D4ni3113
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 90 XP
06/10/2021

Basically un-killable!

Survivor Survivor
Brooklynroberts avatar
@Brooklynroberts
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 194 XP
05/22/2021

it is a pretty generic cactus, but it’s ADORABLE!

Survivor Survivor
Hammyjoesmom avatar
@Hammyjoesmom
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 181 XP
05/15/2021

adorable, almost killed her a few times but she’s thriving

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Lilyyandow avatar
@Lilyyandow
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Bedford, New Hampshire
02/16/2021

the other plant in the pot died but this one stayed alive and well and even seems to have grown a bit, also super cute

Survivor Survivor

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