Plant Care Moon Cactus
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Moon Cactus

4.9 out of 5 (20 experiences)

Moon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Moon Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

Chin Cactus and Plaid Cactus

Taxonomy

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
Gymnocalycium
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

What other plant parents say

Moon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 15
Moon Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Moon Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Moon Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Moon Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
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@Tori
Carmel, IN
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Spike Pear by Tori on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

My moon cactus has gone virtually unchanged in the almost year I’ve had it. Super hardy and always colorful. Imperceptibly slow grower, which can be good or bad depending on what you want out of it!

Shotgunmiriam avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named tony ☄️ by Shotgunmiriam on Greg, the plant care app
03/13/2021

It’s gorgeous and has lots of color variety. Very easy to care for just don’t overwater it out in harsh sunlight. A window sill will be just fine :)

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@Silentcynde…
El Paso, TX
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Berry by Silentcynder90 on Greg, the plant care app
04/15/2021

The moon cactus is as sturdy as they come! and comes in a variety of colors! I would recommend this for plant lovers or first time caretakers.

Vicky avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named roxy by Vicky on Greg, the plant care app
04/05/2021

this plant is very easy to take care of bc it’s low maintenance. it doesn’t gain height fast, but the spikes grow kinda fast

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@Bronwen_blo…
Chico, CA
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Fireball by Bronwen_blooms on Greg, the plant care app
04/12/2021

You have to keep the soil moist, but it can stay moist for a good amount of time. Don’t water it if the soil is moist

Ariia.hh avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Mitsuki by Ariia.hh on Greg, the plant care app
02/27/2021

they’re very pretty and very forgiving for forgetful plant parents that miss watering days.

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@Bigred
Indianapolis, IN
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named poppy by Bigred on Greg, the plant care app
04/20/2021

super easy to care for. loves my grow light. never had any problems with my little Poppy

Shelby avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named picklett by Shelby on Greg, the plant care app
02/24/2021

I love my moon cactus. It is very pretty and i personally find it easy to take care of.

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@Paris
Scottsdale, AZ
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Your plant by Paris on Greg, the plant care app
02/14/2021

Small spines but hard to kill as long as it gets good light!

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@Jessie
Richfield, MN
Rating of the plant Moon Cactus named Penis by Jessie on Greg, the plant care app
03/24/2021

So easy to take care of!!

How to care for Moon Cactus

Water

How often to water your Moon Cactus

Water needs for Moon Cactus
0.5 cups
every 9

Moon Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Moon Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Moon Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Moon Cactus: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Moon Cactus may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Moon Cactus in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Moon Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Moon Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Moon Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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