Southern Mexico in Michoacan, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Colima, Jalisco, Mexico, Oaxaca, and Guerrero.
Mammillaria beneckei is a variable species, usually offsetting and not very large. It has white radial spines and brown hooked centrals. Cactus solitary at first, later forming large clumps to 50 cm or more wide.
The flowers open at night and close permanently around noon.
Very sensitive to low temperatures and needs heat in winter. It likes very porous standard neutral cactus mix soil.
Use pot with good drainage.
It should be watered generously during the growing season, but do not overwater (Rot prone), keep dry in winter. Water it less than average if in bigger pots, small pots preferred.
Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer.
It is used as an ornamental, It is an excellent plant for container growing. It always looks good and stays small.
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.
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