Plant Care Snowball Cactus

Snowball Cactus

Also known as

Powder Puff Cactus, Powder Puff Cactus, Fishhooks, Mammillaria bocasana. and Mammillaria Boscana


Mammillaria bocasana

How to care for Snowball Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Snowball Cactus

Water needs for Snowball Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Snowball 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 Snowball Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Powder Puff Cactus in your home

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

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

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

Snowball Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Snowball Cactus

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Snowball Cactus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Powder Puff Cactus →

Common Powder Puff Cactus Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Snowball 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.

Powder Puff Cactus Water Frequency →

Powder Puff Cactus Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Snowball 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 🏡.

Powder Puff Cactus Light Requirements →

Powder Puff Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Snowball Cactus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

💨 Humidity

Snowball 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.

Powder Puff Cactus Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Snowball 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!

Best Soil Mix for Powder Puff Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Powder Puff Cactus →

💩 Fertilizer

Snowball 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 Snowball 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

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

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Snowball Cactus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Snowball Cactus is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Powder Puff Cactus →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Snowball Cactus can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 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.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Snowball Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Snowball Cactus

Snowball Cactus

Snowball 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.

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