Brain Cactus (Cristata)

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  • NOTE:
  1. The actual plant may differ as each pot has its own unique natural look and though look identical but never 100% similar to the image pictured here.
  2. Flowers/fruits are seasonal and plants may not be with flowers/fruits at the time of order/delivery.
  • Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 12cm
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  • 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.


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