Moon Cactus - How to Grow and Care for It

Written by Maggie

Jan 29 2023

Moon Cactus - How to Grow and Care for It

Moon cactus is a succulent perennial plant of the genus Nocalyx in the family Cactus and is also a succulent. Unlike peonies, which are brilliant flowering plants. Moon cactus is a succulent plant that looks a bit like a red cactus. It has eight edges and is very attractive in its bright red color.  Moon cactus bloom in spring and summer and are usually pink. Now, let's look at how to grow and care for Moon cactus.

Soil Care

Moon cactus is drought resistant. When we grow and care for Moon cactus, try to choose the soil with good drainage, because the soil with good drainage will not store water, which is more suitable for its growth habits. Before planting, in order to avoid the lack of nutrients in the soil, you can add bone meal to the soil before planting to increase nutrients.

Light Care

As a long-sunshine plant, it has a large demand for sunlight. The intensity of sunlight in spring and autumn is not large, so it can accept all-day sunshine. When we grow and care for Moon cactus in summer, the sunlight is relatively strong, so it needs appropriate shade.

Watering Care

As said above, it is relatively resistant to drought, so when we grow and care for Moon cactus, it needs to control watering, watering once a week can be, if the temperature is particularly high, you can give the plant body appropriate water.

Fertilization Care

It is not big to nutrient demand, it is OK to use a thin fertilizer every month.

care for Moon cactus.

How to Grow Moon Cactus

When we grow and care for Moon cactus, change the pot once a year when the temperature is stable at 10℃ in spring. Take off the pot with care to prevent the ball from knocking off the stock. After taking off the pot, remove dead roots and broken roots, plant them in air for 3~5 days, and then place them in half shade for cultivation. Do not water temporarily, only spray 2~3 times a day or put in a place with high humidity, half a month later can be a small amount of water, 1 month after the new roots grow out, gradually increase the water supply.

In the spring, when they are fresh, they will be moved to a place with sufficient light. If the light is not enough, the lower part of the sphere will turn green. Moon cactus gets redder and redder in direct light. When the outdoor temperature is stable above 15 ° C, Moon cactus can be incubated on an outdoor balcony with sunlight but no rain. Spring is the peak season for its growth. When we grow and care for Moon cactus, we should pay attention to the supply of water, but by all means avoid the soil being too wet, dry soil after pouring is appropriate. Rainier weather should reduce the number of watering.

Growing Moon Cactus in Summer

When we grow and care for Moon cactus in summer, it should be placed in a place with morning and evening light for cultivation, and maintain sufficient water supply. But watering should be dry and wet, and attention should be paid to spray around it several times a day and strengthen ventilation to cool down. At the end of summer, when the temperature is cool, the culture should be moved to a sunny place.

Growing Moon Cactus in Autumn

When we grow and care for Moon cactus in autumn, Moon cactus should be cultivated in a place with sufficient light and no rain. It is better to pour water on dry soil.

Growing Moon Cactus in Winter

When the weather is cool, you can gradually reduce the amount of watering, so that the basin soil is dry until dormancy. When the outdoor temperature drops to the right of 10℃, it should be moved into the closed balcony or room with light for cultivation.

Moon Cactus is not cold resistant. When we grow and care for Moon cactus, the indoor temperature in winter should be kept above 8℃, and it is better to keep it around 0℃. Potted plants should be placed on the window sill or balcony with sufficient light for cultivation, pay attention to water control, so that the basin soil is dry, the lower the temperature, the basin soil should be dry.

care for Moon cactus.