How to grow Mammillaria elongata

Mammillaria elongata grow and care – cactus of the genus Mammillaria also known as Gold lace cactus or Lady fingers cactus, Mammillaria elongata perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-11 and with the right care in hardiness zone 12a.

Stem color is green the spine color can be white, red or yellow, the stems can be in cone shape.

Mammillaria elongata flower

Flower color pink or yellow the flowers grow on the top and create like crown, flower in trumpet shape

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How to grow Mammillaria elongata growing and care:

More than -2C, well-drained soil

How to care:
Check for soil drainage, cut rotten parts, protect from heavy snows

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction by daughter plants or cutting, Daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, take a plastic spatula or something harder depend the soil and uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream (but let it dry after) / Cutting – better to take all the cactus and cut it for pieces or else it’s just looks cut in the middle, cut with sterile knife after this let the cut part to stay on the shade to heal it’s might take few weeks and even months, put it on the soil with support (stick or something that won’t fall) cover lightly and lightly from the side and water it small amount of water.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Recommended planting season?
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11

Pests and diseases:
Just for design and dead part

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Just for design and dead part

Size of the plant?
10-40 cm, 4-16 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, container or clay pot that will be 20-50% bigger (no need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles it will take care of the drainage, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, after 2-4 years switch the soil after need to make soil stable that the plant won’t fall, sometimes when it’s not stable better to add some stick that will hold the cactus.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Trumpet shape flower, the flowers grow in crown shape in color pink or yellow

Scientific name:

Mammillaria elongata

Alternative names: lady fingers cactus Gold lace cactus

How to grow Mammillaria elongata

Growing Mammillaria elongata

Mammillaria elongata


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Cactus
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11

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