Moon Cactus

  • Scientific name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, Hibotan cactus
  • Place of origin: Arid areas of America.
  • Description: This mutant plant lacks the ability to produce chlorophyll and hence they are grafted onto a green rootstock cactus with photosynthetic ability. 5Magic Seeds supplies colorful grafted caps of Gymnocalycium in bright red, orange, yellow and maroon hues.
  • Grow best: In partial sunlight, in well-draining soil with careful watering  deeply and then allowing the soil to dry completely before watering again. As these cacti are grafted, they are not appropriate for propagation. Repot as needed. The Gymnocalycium tops are tolerant of more shade than many cacti and dislike direct sunlight. By contrast, the stock green cacti on the bottom are often light-lovers. Look for a bright area, but not so bright that the color of the cap begins to wash out.
  • Use: Ornamental indoors at home and in the office. Makes an excellent gift and decorative on office tables.