Plant Care Paper Spine Cactus
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Paper Spine Cactus

4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Paper Spine Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Paper Spine Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Paper Spined Cholla

Taxonomy

Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus
Tephrocactus

How to care for Paper Spine Cactus

Water

How often to water your Paper Spine Cactus

Water needs for Paper Spine Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Paper Spine 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 Paper Spine Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Paper Spine Cactus in your home

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

Paper Spine Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Paper Spine Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Paper Spine Cactus

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

FAQs
Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Paper Spine Cactus

Paper Spine Cactus

Paper Spine Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Paper Spine Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Paper Spine Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Paper Spine Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Paper Spine Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Honeyyvoiced avatar
@Honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,664 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin
08/25/2021

Don’t let the “paper” spines fool you those things HURT please be careful handling this plant. Other than that it’s super easy to care for

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Emmyanenome avatar
@Emmyanenome
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 1,759 XP
02/22/2021

A funky looking cactus dude. Really easy to propagate, just take a calloused over segment and stick it in dirt.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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