Mammillaria Bocasana Care & Buying Guide

 

Light requirementsHigh
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
SizeMedium
ToxicityNon-toxic
Zone9b to 11b
Temperature resistanceNot frost-hardy
Growth speedFast
Indoor growingSuitable

 

Taking Care Of Mammillaria Bocasana 

Ideal conditions

The Mammillaria Bocasana cactus is very similar to many other cacti in terms of its needs. Namely, it likes warmer temperatures, needs very little water, and likes full sun. Categorized in the USDA hardiness zones 9b-11b (25 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit, -3.9 – +10 degrees Celsius), this cactus may also be a little frost-hardy, but it definitely shouldn’t be kept out in the cold for a long time.

Watering

If you’ve ever had a succulent, then the watering routine of Mammillaria Bocasana will be very familiar to you.

Like many other succulents, the Mammillaria Bocasana cactus requires very little watering and is drought-resistant. Water this cactus only when its soil is dry to the touch – too frequent watering is very likely to cause root rot in the plant.

Also, remember that it’s better to underwater this cactus than overwater. It’s a cactus and is resistant to dry climates, after all.

In winter, make sure to suspend watering since the Mammillaria Bocasana will be dormant and will not require as much water as in summer. And keep in mind that overwatering cacti in winter is much, much easier than in the summer.

Where to plant

The potting mix for the Mammillaria Bocasana should be well-draining to prevent water from accumulating in the soil and damaging the cactus. 

Any cactus soil mix should work for this plant, but you may also add mineral grit like coarse sand, perlite, or pumice for extra drainage. It’s generally recommended to keep the mineral grit at 70-80% of the whole mixture.

When it comes to placement, Mammillaria Bocasana cacti will do best outside due to their high light needs. However, they may also be kept inside if you have a spot by the window that is well-lit most of the day.

Even though the Mammillaria Bocasana loves full sun, it should be protected from heat on especially hot summer days. When the sun is at its peak, you may move the cactus to a shaded location to protect it from excessive heat.

If keeping your Mammillaria Bocasana outdoors, you may need to move it inside in winter to protect it from cold. This may not be necessary if winters in your area aren’t too frosty.

General care information

If keeping this cactus in a pot, you will need to repot it once it outgrows its current container. 

You may want to repot your cactus at least once every spring. This would allow you to have a good look at the condition of its roots. Besides, it’s generally believed that introducing the cactus to fresh soil can boost its growth.  But it’s also acceptable to repot the plant every 2-3 years.

Fertilize the Mammillaria Bocasana cactus during spring and summer as well with a cacti fertilizer mix. Depending on your mix, fertilize the soil once every 4-8 weeks.

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