Brain Cactus

Arrives in 3 - 7 days.
Ships March 8th - March 15th.
  • Grower
  • Selva
  • Meseta
  • Viento
  • Nube

This product is not California Certified.

$ 42.00
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3-in-1 Moisture Meter

Take the guesswork out of watering and light. Quickly and easily determine your plants water and light levels, along with pH value.

  • No batteries required
  • Easy to read moisture, light, and pH levels with large dial.
  • Perfect for Indoor or Outdoor Plants.
  • How to Use: Simply insert moisture meter 3-4 inches into the soil, toggle switch to test moisture, light, or pH level you would like to measure.
  • Designed only for testing soil. Please be sure to not touch stone or hard rock soil.
  • ***Please note that pH test value cannot be applied to any other liquid than water.

Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Pot it for me

Have your plant delivered pre-potted when purchasing a medium-sized plant along with one of our premium planters.

  • For Medium Plants
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Replaces our standard grower pot
  • Medium Plant and Premium Planter must be purchased at same time to qualify
  • Can not be used with large, XL or hanging pot specimens

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Stenocactus multicostatus

Common Names: Brain Cactus, Desert Wave Cactus

Overview: The Stenocactus multicostatus, commonly known as the “Brain Cactus” due to its distinctive, brain-like ridges, is a unique and exotic houseplant that captivates with its unusual appearance. Native to the arid regions of Mexico, this cactus thrives in environments that mimic its natural habitat. It boasts numerous narrow, sharp ribs that twist and turn across its surface, creating an intricate pattern that resembles the convolutions of a brain. This slow-growing cactus typically remains compact, making it an ideal choice for small spaces or as a striking desktop plant.


The Jewel of the Desert

The Stenocactus multicostatus, commonly known as the Brain Cactus due to its unique and intricate brain-like rib patterns, is a fascinating addition to any cactus collection. This rare and exotic specimen originates from the arid landscapes of Mexico, thriving in environments that mimic its natural desert habitat.

Physically, the Brain Cactus stands out with numerous narrow, wavy ribs that create an intriguing, maze-like appearance. These ribs are adorned with small, evenly spaced areoles from which spines emerge. The spines are fine and white, offering a stark contrast against the green of the cactus, enhancing its decorative appeal.

Caring for your Brain Cactus

Typically growing to about 6-10 inches in height, this cactus is perfect for indoor cultivation. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and requires minimal watering, making it ideal for plant enthusiasts seeking low-maintenance yet visually striking plants. During the growing season, water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering even further to mimic its natural dormant period.

The Stenocactus multicostatus blooms in spring or summer, producing small, vibrant flowers that add an extra layer of beauty to this already captivating plant. With its distinctive appearance and easy-care requirements, the Brain Cactus is a must-have for both novice and experienced plant lovers.


Light is a crucial factor in the care of Brain Cactus. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. A south-facing or east-facing window is ideal, providing ample light without the harshness of direct midday sun. If natural light is insufficient, especially in winter months, consider using a grow light to supplement. However, avoid exposing the cactus to prolonged direct sunlight, as this can cause sunburn and damage the plant.


Watering is the most critical aspect of Brain Cactus care. Overwatering can lead to root rot, a common issue with cacti. During the growing season (spring and summer), water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings. Use your finger to check the moisture level of the soil; water only when it feels completely dry at least an inch below the surface.

In winter, the plant enters a dormant period and requires even less water. Reduce watering frequency significantly, providing just enough moisture to prevent the soil from becoming bone dry. Always use a pot with drainage holes to avoid water accumulation at the bottom.

Brain Cactus does not require high humidity and is quite tolerant of dry indoor air. However, it’s important to keep it away from sources of direct heat or drafts, which can cause dehydration and stress.


A well-draining cactus or succulent soil mix is essential for Brain Cactus. You can purchase a pre-made mix or create your own by combining regular potting soil with coarse sand and perlite in equal parts. This ensures adequate drainage and aeration, key to preventing root rot.

Repotting should be done every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its pot. Choose a container only slightly larger than the current one, as a too-large pot can retain excess moisture. Repotting is best done in spring, at the beginning of the growing season, to minimize stress on the plant.


Feeding your Brain Cactus will encourage healthy growth and flowering. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer formulated for cacti and succulents. Fertilize once a month during the growing season, diluting the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to avoid overfeeding, which can harm the plant.

During the dormant period in winter, cease fertilizing as the plant is not actively growing and does not require additional nutrients. Resume feeding the following spring as the cactus begins to grow again.

Pest and Disease Management

Stenocactus multicostatus is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally be affected by common pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Inspect your plant regularly, especially under the leaves and at the base. If pests are detected, treat with a suitable insecticidal soap or neem oil.

To prevent fungal diseases, ensure the cactus is not sitting in damp soil. Good air circulation around the plant also helps in keeping pests and diseases at bay.

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