Watering and Feeding
Between waterings, allow the soil mix to become completely dry. Don’t expose the plant to prolonged dampness or let it sit in water for long periods. For feeding, fertilize the plant with a cactus fertilizer mix during the growing seasons. In the dormant winter period, suspend the feeding as well.
One may also ask, how do you take care of a Mammillaria cactus?
Light & Temperature: Generally speaking, these plants like warm temperatures (50°-85° degrees Fahrenheit) and bright light. Watering & Feeding should be sparse year round. During the spring, summer and early fall, water thoroughly when the soil is almost dry. During the winter, reduce watering by half.
Subsequently, are Mammillaria cactus poisonous?
Is Mammillaria elongata poisonous? Mammillaria elongata has no toxic effects reported.
How do you propagate a cactus puppy?
To root your pup, consider placing it in a dry soil with some gravel for a few days or up to one week. Monitor it carefully and get it out as soon as it grows a few roots. You can also place the offset in a small pot with sand, ground charcoal, and some perlite for it to grow roots.
When there is yellowing from the bottom and the plant feels soft and mushy, the damage to the plant is more severe. The plant is rotting from the roots. The most common cause for this is overwatering, or the plant has been exposed to extreme cold, or extreme heat, or all of the above.
Repot every two or three years into a slightly larger pot. Make sure the soil is dry before repotting. The best time to repot a Mammillaria is late winter or early spring, but the repotting process can be done almost any time of the year. Do not water for a week or so after repotting to reduce the risk of root rot.
Mammillaria cactus varieties can span sizes from one inch in diameter (2.5 cm.) to one foot in height (30 cm.). The majority of the readily available species are the ground hugging variety. As interior plants, growing Mammillaria couldn’t be easier. They need well-draining soil, good light and warm temperatures.
To propagate, carefully remove the offset and set it on a paper towel for a few days to allow a callus to form over the cut surface. Place the new plant in a pot with a potting soil mixture, and keep it in a warm place until new roots emerge. Once the plant is established, repot it into a regular container.