Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii) Profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 29 2023

Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii) Profile

Moon cactus, scientific name Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii, is the most common red bulb of the cactus plant. In summer, Moon cactus produces pink flowers and beautiful stems. Potted plants used to adorn the balcony, desk and desk, immediately full of room brightness. Moon cactus can also be configured with other small succulent plants to form a landscape frame or bottle, and also have a unique style.

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Moon cactus

Morphological Characteristics of Moon Cactus


Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii) is a succulent perennial. Stems are globose, 3-4 cm in diameter, bright red, dark red orange-red, pink or purplish red, 8-ribbed, with prominent transverse ridges. Mature sphere hyperboloid. The spines are small, without intermediate spines, and the radiation spines are short or detached.


Moon Cactus flowers are long, slender, funnel-shaped and pink, bearing on the top of the spines. moon cactus flowers can bloom in spring and summer.
(Read More about Moon Cactus Flower)


The fruit of Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) is slender, spindle-shaped and red.Seeds black brown.

The Distribution Region of Moon Cactus

Moon cactus is native to eastern South America. (Read More: How Long Do Moon Cactus Live)

Ecological Habits of Moon Cactus


The optimum temperature for the growth of Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) was 15℃~32 °C. But can withstand high temperature of 40℃ and low temperature of 2℃ (in the case of basin soil drying).


Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) requires 60% to 75%. If the indoor temperature is low in winter, it should be kept relatively dry.


There should be plenty of light except in the middle of summer.


Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) should be watered at the right time except in winter, usually with moderate moisture or a little dry.


The culture soil of Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) should be made up of peat, peat and clizia soil mixed with a small amount of perlite. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH of 6.0~6.5. On the basin floor should not be put pad basin tile, and should put a small amount of ceramsite.

Moon cactus

Moon Cactus' Growing Methods

Repot: Repot in spring every year, generally cultivated for 3~5 years, the ball color pale aging, need to re-graft bulb renewal. The basin soil for Moon cactus is a mixture of leaf rot soil, culture soil and coarse sand.

Watering: water the Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) every 1~2 days during the growing period, so that the Moon cactus is more fresh and bright.

Fertilization: fertilizing once a month during the growing period.

Light temperature: full sunshine. When the light is too strong, shade properly at noon, so as not to burn the sphere. Winter needs sufficient sunshine, if the light does not football experience becomes dim and dull.

The Propagation Method of Moon Cactus

Grafting: the best in spring and summer, often use days as rootstocks, grafting money from the mother plant off the strong ball, with a blade to cut the bottom of the moon cactus. At the same time, cut the top of the measuring stick, and then put the ball close to the center of the incision of the rootstock. Tie the two tightly. After 10 days of connection, loosen the tie after healing.

Disease Control of Moon Cactus

Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) is frequently affected by stem rot and grey mould and can be sprayed with 50% carbendazem WP 2500 times.High temperature, wet and poor ventilation, red spider harm is serious, 40% diego cream 1000 times liquid spray kill.

Main Value of Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) plants are small and exquisite, with rich colors and delicate flowers. Moon Cactus crown and dragon and phoenix peony plants are all of the best for indoor potted plants. In particular, the red Moon cactus grafted with a celestial ruler is crowned with a bright red cactus on the green columnar celestial ruler, which is regarded as a good omen of "great fortune". The moon cactus is a good gift for relatives and friends on New Year's Day and festivals. You can also put different colors of Moon cactus in the same pot, colorful, ornamental value is higher. In addition, indoor botanical gardens can also be planted in a large area, with the cactus kind plants of other varieties decorate different artistic designs, the effect is very good also.

If the Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) is planted in a small basin of purple sand, or combined with its brothers of different colors and forms, it is higher than a glass jar or in a plastic container. Compared with other flowers and plants, it will be very attractive and attractive.

Moon cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) is the most common red bulb of the cactus plants. Summer blossoms, pink delicate, grow with white plastic basin, more feel beautiful, moon cactus is the good that adornment balcony, case a few and desk are tasted.

Moon cactus