Plant Care Warm Hand Cactus

Warm Hand Cactus

Also known as

Velvet Cactus


Nopalea cochenillifera variegata

How to care for Warm Hand Cactus


How often to water your Warm Hand Cactus

Water needs for Warm Hand Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Warm Hand 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 Louisville, Kentucky.

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 Warm Hand Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

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Growing Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville right now

Light needs for plant Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville, Kentucky

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville, Kentucky

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 24.9% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Louisville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Louisville is expected to decrease by 24.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville, Kentucky

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Louisville is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Warm Hand Cactus in your home

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

Warm Hand 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 Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.

Warm Hand Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Warm Hand Cactus

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

When to repot Warm Hand Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Warm Hand Cactus in Louisville, Kentucky

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

November 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Louisville 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 …

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Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Warm Hand Cactus

Warm Hand Cactus

Warm Hand Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Louisville, Kentucky, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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