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Mammillaria hahniana

Scientific Name:

Mammillaria hahniana

Common name:

Old Lady Cactus











Hardiness Zone:

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The Mammillaria hahniana is a unique and beautiful succulent native to Mexico. It has an unusual shape, with its cylindrical body covered in short spines that give it a soft, fuzzy appearance. The plant typically grows to be between 3-5 inches tall and wide, though some specimens can reach up to 8 inches in height. The Mammillaria hahniana produces small white flowers with yellow centers during the spring months. These flowers are often followed by bright red fruits that add a splash of color to the plant’s overall appearance. The leaves of this succulent are small and grayish-green in color, with fine hairs along their edges. This hardy plant is easy to care for and requires little maintenance beyond occasional watering and light fertilization during the growing season. It prefers well-draining soil and should be kept out of direct sunlight as it can easily become sunburned if exposed for too long. The Mammillaria hahniana has been cultivated since the late 19th century, when it was first discovered by German botanist Friedrich Hahn. Since then, it has become a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts due to its unique shape and colorful blooms. With proper care, this delightful little plant will bring years of enjoyment!
Mammillaria hahniana succulents need bright indirect light for the best growth. Direct light should be avoided, as it can cause sunburns on the plant. Medium light is also suitable, but low light will cause the plant to become leggy and weak.
Mammillaria hahniana succulents thrive in well-draining soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. They prefer a sandy or gritty soil that is low in organic matter, as too much moisture can cause root rot. For best results, use a cactus mix or create your own blend of two parts coarse sand and one part potting soil.
The Mammillaria hahniana succulent requires a light watering schedule. Water the plant every 7-10 days, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Make sure not to overwater as this can cause root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Mammillaria hahniana succulent are between 40-50%. This means that the air should be neither too dry nor too humid. If you're able to maintain this level of humidity, your succulent will thrive!