Mammillaria Gracilis - a.k.a. The Thimble Cactus
The Look: a rich, bright green flesh with groups of delicate white snowflake shaped needles. A rounded cylinder shape with many branching arms. The needles are perpendicular to the plant so it’s easy to handle and won’t accidentally bite you.
Daily Care: This cactus can tolerate both full sun and bright shade - make sure to gradually bring it to full sun if it’s been living in the shade for a while or it can burn. In the summer season, it can handle regular waterings with well draining soil and it fully drying between waterings. During the winter it prefers to have very little water.
Flowers: Small creamy white or light yellow flowers, the blooms will emerge from the ‘nodes’ grown from the previous summer season giving a flower crown effect.
Propagation: Very easy! The branches are quite easy to detach and will form roots once placed on soil.
Growth: Overall it is quite slow to grow in size. During the summer months it can grow numerous branches but the height and diameter will not change dramatically. In low light, it will lose it’s rounded shape and become more pointed and stretched in search for sunlight.
Living Coaster Compatibility: A great choice if you frequently travel (it can handle a long drought), tend to take the cooler winter months off from drinking ice-cold drinks, or have low humidity during the winter months. This cactus really enjoys having a small pot and will happily live in a Living Coaster for a couple years before needing more room. With it's non-prickly needles, it's safe to be around after a couple cocktails!