The Eve's Needle Crest Cactus (Austrocylindropuntia subulata monstrosa), with its quirky and unique growth pattern, is a conversation starter that brings a touch of desert charm to your space. Revel in its distinctive form as you follow these growing instructions to ensure your cactus thrives and becomes a standout feature in your collection.
Light: Place your Eve's Needle Crest Cactus in full sunlight. It thrives in bright, direct sunlight and appreciates long hours of sunshine each day. Ensure it gets plenty of light to maintain its compact and appealing form.
Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Eve's Needle Crest Cactus is adapted to arid conditions and prefers infrequent but deep watering. Water sparingly in the winter when the cactus is in a resting phase.
Soil: Use a well-draining cactus mix or a blend of potting soil and perlite. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Repot only when necessary, as these cacti prefer snug spaces.
Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a temperature range of 70-100°F (21-38°C). These cacti are well-suited to warm conditions and can tolerate lower humidity levels.
Fertilizing: Feed your Eve's Needle Crest Cactus with a diluted fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Withhold fertilizer in the winter.
Pruning: Pruning is generally not needed for this type of cactus. Remove any dead or damaged sections with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
Pets: Eve's Needle Crest Cactus is non-toxic to pets, but it's always a good idea to keep cacti out of reach due to their spines.