Plant Care Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes

5.0 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Owl Eyes has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Owl Eyes has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Lifesaver Cactus, Lifesaver Cactus, Little Owl Eyes and Carrion Flower


Huernia zebrina

How to care for Owl Eyes


How often to water your Owl Eyes

Water needs for Owl Eyes
0.5 cups
every 9

Owl Eyes needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 Owl Eyes

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Lifesaver Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Owl Eyes: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Owl Eyes may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Owl Eyes

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

Care Summary for Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes

Owl Eyes

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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

Owl Eyes has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Owl Eyes has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Owl Eyes has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Owl Eyes has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Gathererofnutsandodballs avatar
leaf-1 101 Plants
xp 4,623 XP
globe Lincoln, Nebraska

This little girl survived an extra long trip through the postal service (almost 3 weeks!) and has been growing strong! She even had some new growth!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Mxtthewcast avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,238 XP
globe Reedley, California

When it’s at the brink of death, it will easily bounce back. Mine was sunburnt and after about a week of less lighting it sprung back to life.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Laursinger avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 285 XP
globe Burlington, Vermont

I love my lifesaver cactus! It’s relatively low maintenance and survives missed waterings. Just a warning, the little segments do come off pretty easily, so be careful when handling. You can propagate anything that comes off though!

It blooms in the summer and maybe spring (I haven’t had it during spring yet so we’ll see) and the little flowers are so cool!!!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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