Plant Care Star Cactus

Star Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (44 experiences)

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

Also known as



Haworthia retusa

How to care for Star Cactus


How often to water your Star Cactus

Water needs for Star Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Star 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 Star Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Star Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Star Cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Star Cactus 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.

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


How to fertilize Star Cactus

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

Difficulty Level

Star 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!

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Care Summary for Star Cactus

Star Cactus

Star Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 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

Star Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 28
Star Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Star Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Star Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Star Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Monstera_mash avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,315 XP
globe Chicago, IL

personally love the shape of the leaves and it honestly never stops growing

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Keygray avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 89 XP
globe Woodbury, MN

I got this plant a while ago and for the first year it didn’t grow at all but now it is at a rapid rate.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Colin avatar
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 3,926 XP
globe Temecula, CA

I loved this little guy, and then one time I overwatered and let water sit in the soil. It just immediately rotted completely.

Browns easily Browns easily
Sarahsalith avatar
leaf-1 456 Plants
xp 213,040 XP
globe Memphis, TN

* This plant sits in a west-facing window sill. I water it about every 10 days or so.

I like this plant, it's not one of my favorites, but I like this plant. It is very easy to care for. It just sits there and doesn't bother anyone. It's very unique looking. Because of my set-up, I bottom water it. I am anticipating having to repot it soon seeing that it fills up the entire plastic pot now.

Cheryl avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 210 XP
globe San Diego, CA

Star cactus is a very unique looking plant. Very easy to care for.

Survivor Survivor
Esthersjungle avatar
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,310 XP

Doesn't need much to survive

Honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 7,156 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL

I love this little succulent. The leaves are soft and you’ll know you’re doing something right when the plant opens up a bit. This plant has the capability to produce multiple plants/buds

Fast grower Fast grower
Silvia avatar
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM

This is an interesting succulent haven’t had it long but it’s quite tolerant and it’s different. 😊

Survivor Survivor
B avatar
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,001 XP
globe Essex Fells, NJ

This plant just minds its own business and sits happily growing with little attention. And it’s so cute!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
George avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 135 XP
globe Menston, England

one of my first succulents and a great one for a beginner, as it’s pretty, easy to care for and grows quickly, you even can see the water inside of the leaves! Mine is named Amelia and is incredibly large now and I love her dearly, but make sure to move away from direct sunlight as once they grow bigger they brown much quicker

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Holly-eve avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 127 XP
globe Dunmurry, Northern Ireland

Gorgeous bright green aloe vibe spikes 🥰 beautiful happy plant 🌱

Fast grower Fast grower
Ings avatar
leaf-1 84 Plants
xp 4,781 XP
globe Innfjorden, Møre og Romsdal

It’s just super cute 🥰🥰

Emdog avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP

it has grown really well in a shaded spot near my window in my very warm room

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Emily avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Clarksville, IN

My cat knocked it over and it was out of a pot for about 2 weeks and was still perfectly fine once repotted.

Survivor Survivor
Sofiaavello avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 930 XP
globe Pembroke Pines, FL

was bought from a big box store and had all of its roots tangled in a mesh that made it impossible to grow. It was bought several years ago though and shes still surviving.

Survivor Survivor

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