How to grow Gymnocalycium

Gymnocalycium growing cactus of the genus Gymnocalycium, also known as Chin cactus, Gymnocalycium perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 9-11.

Stem color green but some cultivars can be colorful: red, purple, yellow, orange, pink or more than one color, the stem round

Gymnocalycium flower

Flower color can be: pink, white, red, purple or yellow, the flower multi-petals in trumpet shape.

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Requirements for Gymnocalycium growing and care:

Well drain soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes (for the colored plants need to graft on regular cactus)

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Can’t grow without the base of the graft

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
No special requirements but for the Moon cactus need prune the base of the graft need to without new stems

Size of the plant:
1-15 cm (1-6 inches), in moon cactus if the base of the graft depend what you choose to use

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Trumpet shape flowers, that can appear in colors: pink, white, red, purple or yellow, the flower multi-petals

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