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Moon Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

 

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. 'Mihanovichii' is commonly grown as a houseplant. It is short-lived even with good care.

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plant Features
  • Moon Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Moon Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Moon Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Moon Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Moon Cactus

Latin name

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

type

Evergreens

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Moon Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Moon Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Moon Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Moon Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

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

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

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. 'Mihanovichii' is commonly grown as a houseplant. It is short-lived even with good care.


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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