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Purple moon Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii

 

Purple moon Cactus

Gymnocalycium is commonly called chin cactus. It is a genus of about 70 South American species of cactus. Gymnocalycium are eay plants to grow and will do well if potted on regularly every two or three years. Flowers are generally brightly coloured. Where temperatures fall below 10C, they must be cultivated under glass with heat. 'Friedrichii' is an extremely popular species, and easily grown. The colours of the stem is enhanced in full sun and it produces lovely pink flowers.

 
plant Features
  • Purple moon Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Purple moon Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Purple moon Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Purple moon Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Purple moon Cactus

Latin name

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii

type

Evergreens

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Purple moon Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Purple moon Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Purple moon Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Purple moon Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Purple moon Cactus is 0.10meters x 0.10meters 0.10 M 0.10 M

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii

Gymnocalycium is commonly called chin cactus. It is a genus of about 70 South American species of cactus. Gymnocalycium are eay plants to grow and will do well if potted on regularly every two or three years. Flowers are generally brightly coloured. Where temperatures fall below 10C, they must be cultivated under glass with heat. 'Friedrichii' is an extremely popular species, and easily grown. The colours of the stem is enhanced in full sun and it produces lovely pink flowers.


Propogation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Moon cactus propagation is achieved by removing the offsets, which are smaller versions of the parent plant growing from the base of the rootstock. These divide away easily and root readily in a cactus potting soil.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

The moon cactus is usually sold already grafted in a process that removes the bottom of the Hibotan and the top of the rootstock cactus. The two halves are set together at the cut ends and soon heal together. The life of the moon cactus can be extended by re-grafting it onto a fresh rootstock.

 
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