Red Moon Cactus

Scientific name : “Gymnocalycium mihanovichii”

You’ll always recognize them by their bright pink, yellow, or orange colors. The bright neon colors are usually in the shape of round looking balls, with thorns, and they’re sitting on top of another green colored cactus. The little moon cactus is a funny plant because it’s actually two plants in one and the product of human design.

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You’ll always recognize them by their bright pink, yellow, or orange colors. The bright neon colors are usually in the shape of round looking balls, with thorns, and they’re sitting on top of another green colored cactus. The little moon cactus is a funny plant because it’s actually two plants in one and the product of human design. In order for the bright section of the plant, to survive, it had to be grafted to the second plant beneath. Many people don’t realize when they see these easily recognizable little cactus plants at their local plant nurseries that they’re actually looking at two separate plants. The beautiful, bright, colorful part of the moon cactus naturally does not produce chlorophyll, and the lack of chlorophyll allows for the bright, vibrant colors to show. So in order for it to continue living, human grafting to another plant or rootstock is required, and then it’s able to get the proper amount of nutrients and chlorophyll that it needs from the second plant that it now sits on top of.

Sunlight – The red ball tops are tolerant of more shade than many cacti and dislike direct sunlight.

Watering – Allow the soil mix to become nearly dry between waterings, but then water thoroughly.

Plant Care – You do not need to regularly fertilize your cactus plant, but you should dose it with a cactus fertilizers every month during its growing season (April to September). 

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