This plant has the absolute best markings!
- Plant is featured in 2.5” pot and available with a drop in terra cotta pot as shown
- Origin: Moon Cactus, scientifically known as Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, is not a naturally occurring plant. It is a result of grafting a colorful cactus onto a rootstock cactus, typically Hylocereus or Selenicereus species.
- Common Name(s): Moon Cactus, Grafted Cactus.
- Latin Name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (grafted onto a rootstock cactus).
- General Care: The Moon Cactus is a visually striking and unique plant that requires specific care due to its grafting nature. It thrives in well-draining soil and prefers a cactus or succulent potting mix. The colorful top cactus lacks chlorophyll, so it needs bright, indirect light to thrive. However, it's important to protect it from intense, direct sunlight that may scorch its sensitive tissues. The rootstock cactus provides the necessary nutrients and water absorption for the Moon Cactus, so it requires less frequent watering compared to other cacti. Be cautious when handling the plant, as the colorful top cactus is delicate and prone to damage.
- Growing Period: Moon Cacti have a slow growth rate and generally maintain a compact size, typically reaching a height of 3-6 inches.
- Soil Recommendations: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent potting mix specifically formulated for desert plants. Ensure the soil has adequate drainage to prevent overwatering and root rot.
- Hardiness Zones: Moon Cacti are primarily grown as indoor plants in most regions. They prefer warm temperatures and are not frost-tolerant.
- Light Needs: Provide your Moon Cactus with bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but avoid prolonged exposure to intense rays that may harm the delicate top cactus.
- Pet Safety: Moon Cacti are generally non-toxic to pets. However, it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach to prevent any accidental ingestion or harm.
The striking colors of the Moon Cactus are actually the result of a genetic mutation that inhibits chlorophyll production. The vibrant top cactus is reliant on the rootstock cactus for its survival, forming a unique symbiotic relationship.
You will receive a similar plant in color and size shipped semi-bare root for pots larger than 2.5. Please consider ordering a heat pack if your sustained temperatures are below 38 degrees.