Brain Cactus (Cristata)
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 12-13cm
- The Brain Cactus, also known as the Mammillaria Elongata ‘Cristata’ cactus, is native to central Mexico.
- It’s a rare form of the Mammillaria Elongata cactus and has a unique, crested shape.
- Its growth pattern kind of looks like worms or brains, which is how it got the nickname Brain Cactus.
- The best cactus soil is one that drains quickly and thoroughly, such as a commercial succulent soil or a homemade soil mix composed of 3 parts potting soil, 2 parts sand, and 1 part perlite or pumice.
- Fertilize a brain cactus about once a month during the growing season in the spring and summer using a water-soluble cactus fertilizer.
- Like most cacti, the brain cactus likes bright, direct sunlight.
- However, to prevent scorching, do not leave it in the hot summer sunshine for more than four hours.
- When growing this cactus indoors, place it near the brightest window in your home to ensure it gets enough light.
- A southern exposure is preferable.
- Most cacti don’t require a lot of water, and the brain cactus is no exception.
- Excess water can get in the folds of the crests and quickly rot it, so be careful when watering.
- Don’t get water on the body of your brain cactus.Use the drench and dry method.
- Water until it runs out of the drainage hole in the pot.
- Wait until the soil is completely dry to the touch before watering again.
- Cacti have a reputation for needing very little water.
- The drench and dry method mimics the weather patterns in their native desert environment.
- Deserts get periods of heavy rain followed by long periods of intense drought.
- Cacti soak up and store all the water they can during heavy rains and dry out during the drought, drawing on their water reserves to stay hydrated.
- Soaking and then drying out best mimics those conditions.
- Soak these cacti once every week or two during the summer and once every four to six weeks during the winter.