Mammillaria Microhelia Care & Buying Guide

 

Light requirementsMedium
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
SizeMedium
ToxicityNon-toxic
Zone9b to 11b
Temperature resistanceA little frost-hardy
Growth speedSlow
Indoor growingSuitable

 

Taking Care Of Mammillaria Microhelia

Ideal conditions

Mammillaria Microhelia prefers partial to full sun, and it can do fairly well without constant exposure to direct sunlight. However, direct sun exposure encourages flowering and spine development, meaning that outdoor growing is ideal for the Mammillaria Microhelia cactus.

This cactus also prefers warm temperatures, but it is frost-hardy down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.9 degrees C).

Watering

Mammillaria Microhelia has typical water needs for a succulent – it’s drought-resistant and should only be watered when its soil is dry to the touch. Besides, sensitive to waterlogging and root rot, Mammillaria Microhelia should not be overwatered.

In winter, suspend watering this cactus to protect it from root rot and freezing. Mammillaria Microhelia gets dormant in winter months and requires very little water. You may keep it completely dry, or you may very lightly water it once or twice a month.

Where to plant

Plant your Mammillaria Microhelia cactus in fast-draining soil. Any cactus potting mix should do well for this plant since cacti generally do not like standing water and do best in porous soil.

To increase drainage, consider adding mineral grit like perlite or coarse sand in a 1:1 ratio or more. Monitor the condition of the soil to determine whether its drainage is enough and whether you should add more grit.

Don’t forget to pick a good pot as well – the pot for Mammillaria Microhelia should have drainage holes at the bottom to allow water to easily come out of the soil.

Placement-wise, Mammillaria Microhelia will do best outdoors where direct sunlight is abundant. This cactus can also thrive under indirect or filtered sunlight, but the more light you can provide to it, the better.

With that said, protect Mammillaria Microhelia from extreme heat. During heatwaves or on very hot days, move the cactus to a shaded location.

If you are intending to keep this cactus indoors, then only do so if you have a sunny window sill. You may use grow lights if natural light is lacking, but do keep in mind that sunlight is preferable.

General care information

Growing up to around 10 inches tall and 2.4 inches wide, Mammillaria Microhelia certainly isn’t a small cactus. However, it takes a long time for this cactus to reach these numbers, so you should fertilize your Mammillaria Microhelia for consistent growth.

Ideally, use a cactus fertilizer diluted to half strength. Fertilize the cactus during spring and summer once every 4-8 weeks, depending on the strength of your fertilizer mix.

Repot your Mammillaria Microhelia cactus when necessary as well. Since this cactus won’t outgrow its pot quickly, you’ll probably have to repot it once every other year. With that said, consider repotting it annually – this will allow you to check the health of the roots and treat them, as well as introduce fresh, nutritious soil to the plant.

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