Brain Cactus

Brain Cactus

A prized specimen.

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Writhing, twisted, fleshy foliage with a dense covering of radial spines. This crested Cactus is a real talking point. It grows close the ground and is more of a tortoise than a hare, so it is best to keep it in a smaller pot and gradually pot on.
The bell shaped flowers vary from white, yellow or pink spring to summer.

What could be more dry hardy and easier to care for than the Cactus? Cactus are a top plant for all ages and a great way to encourage kids to garden. All you need to grow Cactus successfully is well drained soil, a sunny position and the restraint not to water.

SIZE (HxW): 5-10cm x 5-15cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: Choose a brightly lit position out of the hot afternoon sun (which may burn the leaves or damage the roots in the pot). Indoors, place your pot Cactus by a sunny window – you get the best colour in bright light. If you are growing yours outdoors and live in a cold area it is best bought indoors for winter.

I NEED A DRINK: Low water needs, water lightly then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. You are more likely to kill it with kindness than neglect. The more light they have the more water they can take, but it is better to err on the side of caution. They are dormant over winter so don’t need much, if any moisture in the cool (and low light) part of the year – if you water too much in winter it tends to damage/rot their roots.

I WILL SURVIVE: In pots use a well drained potting mix specially formulated for succulents and cactus to give them the drainage they need. They aren’t huge fans of humidity, so it is best to ensure they have good air flow. Keep away from cold draughts or air con/heating vents. You can remove the offsets as required, or allow them to fill the pot. Repot every three or four years to maintain vigour.

You don’t need to fertilise them very often or much, a diluted liquid cactus fertiliser in spring is all they need and they will of course forgive if you forget.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm



Botantical name

Mammillaria elongata f. Cristata






Spring to Summer


Cool to Sub-Tropical


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Frost Tender


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7.5 cm

Water needs