How to grow Mammillaria polythele

Mammillaria polythele grow and care – cactus of the genus Mammillaria also known as Nipple cactus, Mammillaria polythele perennial used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean or subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-11 possible with the right care in hardiness zone 12.

Stem color is green the spine color white and can be without spines, the stems can be in cone shape connected in the base and grow cone shape.

Mammillaria polythele flower

Flower color pink flowers grow on the top and create like crown and surround it like white velvet, flowers small in trumpet shape

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How to grow Mammillaria polythele growing and care:

More than -2C, well-drained soil More than -2C, well-drained soil

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, possible all the year in hardiness zone 12

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?
5-15 cm, 2-6 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 in pink color flowers grow on the top and create crown shape, surround the flowers is white like white velvet.


Nudum – bigger cones than other cultivars

Scientific name:

Mammillaria polythele

How to grow Mammillaria polythele

Mammillaria polythele

Mammillaria polythele cactus

Mammillaria polythele flower


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink 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
  • Autumn Planting
  • 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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