Mammilaria Elongata ( Lady Finger cactus)
This cute little cactus grows as bright cylindrical clusters with yellow and orange spines which makes it look sun kissed and golden. It also blooms with tiny whitish or pink flowers that look super exotic and very pleasing to the eye during the spring.
These succulents are very easy to grow, as they are used to growing in very harsh conditions and perfect for the beginner’s succulent garden.
Plant special features
|Sunlight:||Prefers full sun to partial shade, but they are adaptable to low light conditions as well. The plant thrives well with the morning sunlight or shady areas that gets some afternoon sunlight for minimum 4 hours. An east or south facing window is ideal location for them.|
|Watering:||Typical water needs for a succulent is you only need to water it once the soil is completely dry to the touch. Always water thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy seasons. Let the soil to dry out completely before watering. In the winter when it is dormant, water only sparingly, if at all, to prevent rot.|
|Soil:||It requires well drained and porous/sandy soil medium. A regular succulents soil-mix is the ideal soil medium for growing this cactus.|
|Temperature and Humidity:||They do well in warm to average room temperatures. The plant is not a cold hardy plant can tolerate colder temperature (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C).|
|Repotting:||At the time of repotting pick a pot that is at least 1-2 inches bigger than your previous pot.|
|Propogation:||This plant can be propagated through offsets or cuttings. Using the tongs, gently pull one of the cylindrical stems away from the main cluster. If you are not able to break it off without pulling up the rest of the plant, use the knife to cut through the stem.
Allow the end of the stem to callous over for several days before placing in well-draining soil.
Dos and Don’ts:
• Ensure your cactus gets at least four hours of sunlight every day.
• Ladyfinger succulents will only need to be fertilized in the hot summer months, and just a tiny amount of fertilizer will be needed
• Always water it whenever the soil is completely dry.
Styling and décor tips:
- It likes full sun and bright indirect light, thrives well on a southern windowsill that receives late afternoon sun. They make brilliant houseplants, and they look phenomenal in any home!