How to grow Rat tail cactus

Rat tail cactus grow and care – cactus of that can be from the genus Cleistocactus, Mammillaria, Disocactus can be: Cleistocactus winteri, Mammillaria pottsii or Disocactus flagelliformis, Rat tail cactus perennial evergreen used as ornamental ground cover plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.

Stem color is green the spine color can be white, rose or yellow, the stems mostly weeping.

Rat tail cactus flower

Flower color can be: peach, pink, purple or red, flower in trumpet shape.

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How to grow Rat tail cactus growing and care:

More than 5C, well-drained soil, better to put in higher point

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, unless want the same cultivars

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Just for design and dead part

Size of the plant?
30-80 cm, 12-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade (not too much sun) / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Trumpet shape multi petals flower and color can be: peach, pink, purple or red

Scientific name:

Cleistocactus winteri, Mammillaria pottsii, Disocactus flagelliformis

How to grow Rat tail cactus


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Orange flower
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Red flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast 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
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13