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What is The Boobie Cactus? - Varnish + Vine

What is The Boobie Cactus?

The Boobie Cactus has gained a lot of notoriety in recent years for its strange and unique appearance. It is a very popular cactus for both beginner and expert gardeners alike because it is relatively easy to care for.


In this article, we will cover the origins of the Boobie Cactus, as well as how to look after one and keep it healthy!

The Boogie Cactus Origins

The Boobie Cactus, also known as Myrtillocactus geometrizans 'Fukurokuryuzinboku,' originates from a Japanese nursery. However, the cacti can be traced back to Central America. It gets its name from the peculiar shape of the cactus's ribs. The Boogie Cactus is sometimes referred to as the Blue Candle Cactus due to its blueish tint.


As the Boobie Cactus does not occur naturally, it can be a rare find; however, it is a popular choice for Cacti lovers. Growing your own can be a challenge as there is a significant chance it will grow into a regular Myrtillocactus geometrizans, which do not have the same special features.


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How To Care For A Boobie Cactus

The Boobie Cactus is relatively low maintenance and easy to take care of, which is why it is such a popular choice for gardeners of all skill levels.


Here are a few tips on how to care for your cactus:


  • Place your cactus in an area that receives plenty of bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. If the soil is too moist, this can cause the roots to rot.
  • Fertilize your cactus once every three weeks during the spring and summer months. This is when the cactus will be in its growing season.
  • Do not place your cactus in an area where temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the winter, your cactus will go dormant and will not need to be watered as frequently.


Caring for this cactus is relatively stress free. It's important to remember when the growing season ends and ensure your care routine is adjusted accordingly.

Should The Boobie Cactus Be Kept Indoors or Outdoors?

Boobie Cactus thrive under a controlled environment and are susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. It's best to keep  this cacius ndoors, where it can be protected from extreme weather conditions.


If you live in an area with a hot climate, make sure to place your cactus in a spot that receives plenty of shade during the day. Although the plant's origins are in Central America, the Boobie Cactus was cultivated under much different conditions in a Japanese nursery.


When growing a Boobie Cactus, it's necessary to replicate the plant's natural environment as closely as possible. So keeping the plant indoors is the better option for this type of Cacti.


This distinctive cactus makes an excellent addition to any home with its strange and alluring shape. The Boobie Cactus is a conversation starter and will add some life to any room it's placed in!

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