Escobaria Minima 'Nellie Cory Cactus'

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Basic Info

Escobaria Minima is also commonly known as Dellie Cory Cactus. As the plant mature the first noticeable thing is how small it is but the cacti is only able to reach around 2.5 cm (1″) tall and about 1.8 cm (0.7″) in diameter. The stems are covered in small white but thick spines. When it finally flowers you can expect it to produce pink flowers during mid-spring.

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Escobaria

Care and Propagation Information


Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Nellie Cory Cactus healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’

This succulent type is a unique one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy pink flowers. It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.

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Where to Plant

Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9a-11b which is around -6.7°C (20°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Nellie Cory Cactus in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).

How to Propagate Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’

Nellie Cory Cactus can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’ Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

Escobaria Minima ‘Nellie Cory Cactus’ is native to The United States in Texas only around Brewster Country.

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