Plant Care Rattail Cactus

Rattail Cactus

4.2 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Rattail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Rattail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower


Disocactus flagelliformis

How to care for Rattail Cactus


How often to water your Rattail Cactus

Water needs for Rattail Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Rattail 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 Rattail Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Rattail Cactus in your home

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

Rattail Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Rattail Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Rattail Cactus

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

Care Summary for Rattail Cactus

Rattail Cactus

Rattail Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft 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

Rattail Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Rattail Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Rattail Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,636 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin

This is the beginnings of a hanging cactus. The bristles aren’t sharp at all (pet in a downward motion) and seems pretty hardy thus far

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Victoria avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Sheridan, Wyoming

The bristles are soft enough to pet! So long as you pet in a downward motion.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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