The Moon cactus, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, is a small, round cactus with a flattened top. It is covered in short, spines that are white or pale yellow in color. The cactus gets its name from its white, lunar-like appearance. The plant blooms in the summer, producing pink or red flowers. The Moon cactus is native to Argentina and Uruguay.
-The Moon cactus is easy to care for and requires little maintenance.
-This cactus is drought tolerant and can withstand long periods without water.
-The plant is relatively disease and pest resistant.
-The Moon cactus is a good choice for beginners or those new to cactus care.
How to care:
-Place the cactus in a location that receives full sun to partial shade.
-Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch. Allow the plant to dry out completely between waterings.
-Apply a balanced cactus fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
-Provide the plant with well-drained soil.
The Moon cactus is a drought tolerant plant and does not require a lot of water. Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch and allow the plant to dry out completely between waterings.
Type of Soil:
The Moon cactus prefers well-drained soil.
The cactus does best in full sun to partial shade.
Apply a balanced cactus fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
The Moon cactus can be propagated from seed or offsets. To propagate from seed, sow the seeds in a well-draining cactus mix. Keep the soil moist but not wet and place the pots in a warm, sunny location. The seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into individual pots.
To propagate from offsets, carefully remove the offsets from the parent plant with a sharp knife. Allow the offsets to callous over for a few days before planting. Plant the offsets in a well-draining cactus mix and water sparingly.
Pest and Disease:
The Moon cactus is relatively disease and pest resistant. However, mealybugs and scale can be a problem. These pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
The cactus makes an excellent landscape plant. It is perfect for rock gardens, xeriscaping, and succulent gardens. The plant can also be grown in containers.