The Boobie Cactus, also known as the Titty Cactus or Breast Cactus is a very unique looking succulent that looks like it has human breasts. Its name is derived from its protruding tubercled ribs that resemble women’s breasts.
This cactus is a Japanese nursery cultivar that was first introduced to the US in the 1970s. They are a member of the Myrtillocactus family, which is native to Central Mexico.
Boobie cactus is a very popular cactus for home gardeners, especially those who like to have a variety of succulent plants in their home. It is easy to care for and can grow up to 15 feet tall in the right conditions.
If you are a beginner at growing succulents, the boobie cactus is a great plant to start with. It is relatively easy to care for and does not require much watering.
A well drained soil mix is necessary for this plant. You can use a commercially available cactus and succulent soil mix or you can make your own.
You should always check the moisture levels in your soil before you water. This will ensure that you do not overwater the plant and rot its roots.
When you are ready to repot, use gloves or tongs to safely remove the plant from the old pot and transfer it to the new one. The repotting process is stressful for these plants and they may need a little time to get acclimated to their new container before you start to water them.
To water, simply pour a small amount of water onto the soil surface around the base of the plant. Be sure to keep the watering short so that you do not overwater the plant.
Watering frequency will vary depending on your climate and how hot or dry the weather is. During summer you can expect to water your boobie cactus about every 2 weeks, and during the winter you can water it once a month.
During spring and summer, the boobie cactus will grow and bloom with white flowers. These flowers will fade to a pale pink during the fall and winter.
The cactus will revert to dormancy in the fall and winter, so you should not water it during this time. This is especially true if the temperature gets low and days get shorter.
As with all cacti, the boobie cactus does not like to be in the sun for long periods of time during the hotter part of the day, so a shade cloth should be used to protect it from direct sunlight.
You can propagate a boobie cactus by taking cuttings from the plant. This can be done very easily and it does not take long for the cutting to root and grow into a healthy plant.
Once the cutting has rooted and grown into a healthy plant, it can be transferred to another pot with similar soil. It is recommended that you repot the plant once it is at least 3 inches high so that it will have a larger root system.