Mammillaria dioica aka Strawberry Cactus
Common namesStrawberry Cactus, Chilita Angelensis, Chilita Fordii, Cochemiea Angelensis, Cochemiea Blossfeldiana Rectispina
How to care for Strawberry Cactus
Strawberry Cactus does best in dry soil and should only be watered sparingly.
The Strawberry Cactus is very susceptible to soil that is too wet, so it's essential to choose a potting soil that drains well and does not retain excessive moisture. A soil mix that includes plenty of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition is ideal. You can easily create this type of soil by adding a few handfuls of perlite to regular cactus soil from the store.
Strawberry Cactus thrives in bright and direct sunlight. To ensure your plant receives enough light to survive, place it less than one foot from a window. The current weather in your area may affect the placement in your home. For example, if you live in a region that has longer and more intense periods of sunlight, then you may want to place the plant farther away from the window to avoid direct sunlight and reduce the risk of sunburn. Alternatively, if you live in a region with relatively milder temperatures and less intense sunlight, then you may be able to place the plant closer to the window for increased exposure. Ultimately, the current weather in your area should be taken into consideration when determining the best placement for your Cochemiea Angelensis.
During the wintertime, it is common for Strawberry Cactus plants to go dormant and their growth rate may slow down. Therefore, the amount of waterings should be spaced out more.
No verified data on the toxicity of this plant exists within Ploi's records. Should you, someone in your family, or your pet ingest plant material with an unknown toxicity level, it is recommended to seek medical advice.
Strawberry Cactus prefers dry environments, but by misting the plant or providing extra humidity, water will linger on the leaves and create an ideal environment for fungi that could be harmful.
The Strawberry Cactus is known for its slow growth and doesn't require fertilizing beyond its potting soil. Replacing the soil in its pot once a year should offer it sufficient nutrition. It's essential to remember that plants get their energy from the sun, not from fertilizers.
Strawberry Cactus’s native range is the Southwestern United States, Central America, and the Caribbean.