Meet the Ladyfinger cactus, or Mammillaria elongata, a striking succulent with cylindrical stems resembling long fingers. Adorned with brown-yellow spines, it forms dense clusters and grows up to 8 inches tall, perfect for adding a spiky texture to your plant collection.

Thriving in bright sunlight, this cactus needs about six hours of direct sun daily. Ideal for beginners, it's a low-maintenance houseplant that can also be grown outdoors in sunny spots.

Ideal Growing Conditions

Follow the soak and dry method for watering: let the soil dry out completely before the next watering. Fertilize sparingly with a balanced succulent formula in spring to support healthy growth.

Watering and Fertilizing

Easily expand your collection by propagating through stem cuttings, offsets, or seeds. Ensure cuttings and offsets are calloused before planting, and sow seeds in well-draining soil.

Propagation Techniques

Watch out for pests like mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. Prevent root rot by avoiding overwatering and ensure good drainage. Regular care and inspection will keep your Ladyfinger cactus healthy and thriving.

Pests, Diseases, & Care Tips