Plant Care Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus

4.6 out of 5 (258 experiences)

Moon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Moon Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Chin Cactus, Plaid Cactus and Rose Plaid Cactus

Taxonomy

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
Gymnocalycium
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Moon Cactus

Water

How often to water your Moon Cactus

Water needs for Moon Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Moon Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Chicago, Illinois.

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
12

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.

Plant care guide for Moon Cactus in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Moon Cactus in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Moon Cactus in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 23rd, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Moon Cactus in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight will increase by 16.9% ☀️

May 23rd, 2022

Chicago is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to increase by 16.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 20.6 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Moon Cactus in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will increase by 1.4 hours 📈

May 23rd, 2022

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 10.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.9 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Moon Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Moon Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Moon Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Moon Cactus thrive 🌿!

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.

When to repot Moon Cactus

Nutrient needs for plant Moon Cactus in Chicago, Illinois

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

May 22nd, 2022

The growing potential in Chicago is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any p…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Moon Cactus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus

Moon Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Moon Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 192
Moon Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 35
Moon Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 30
Moon Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 30
Moon Cactus has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 28
Moon Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
Moon Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Moon Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Magicalclover avatar
@Magicalclover
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 357 XP
globe Boston, Massachusetts
04/06/2022

Don't buy this parasitic couple if you're using an indoor grow light...if it's too late then they need direct light on its base and not the colorful top so get your Lego sets out and start building a small house to both hide and help your moon cactus stay happy under direct light ...i used a tall plastic water bottle for a bit because the cap was blocking enough light...sure it's pretty but at what cost...they don't even like each other

Browns easily Browns easily
Blairlegere avatar
@Blairlegere
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Summerside, Prince Edward Island
03/30/2022

Water very little, ever two weeks

Survivor Survivor
1bukikinnie avatar
@1bukikinnie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 296 XP
02/03/2022

my baby. has stuck with me for ages i love her

Survivor Survivor
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 9,448 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
01/11/2022

It’s a cactus! Super easy to care for. I’ve moved it to a pot with another cactus and succulent and it seems to be doing well. I just let them hang out on my windowsill and do their thing. Nice, easy plant to have around.

Zigzag avatar
@Zigzag
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Portland, Oregon
01/10/2022

spikes don’t actually hurt so you can touch the cactus

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Wei ling avatar
@Wei ling
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Bukit Batok, Singapore
01/03/2022

If you like to procrastinate, this is 4 u.😄

Survivor Survivor
Elizapearl avatar
@Elizapearl
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 426 XP
01/01/2022

love my moon cactus, they look so cool and THEY’RE RED!! I love red. super easy to take care of because it’s a cactus so it doesn’t need a ton of attention and only needs to be watered occasionally but they do tend to die kind of quickly. with my first one, the cactus drank up all the water wayyy too quickly and the red bulb at the top filled with water and it ended up dying after about 7 months. my new one has survived a good six months so far but the bottom that is partially in the soil is starting to wilt. it’s limp and brown but i’m hoping some good old tlc will revive it.

Stacie avatar
@Stacie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Johnstown, Pennsylvania
01/01/2022

Easy to care for requires very little watering

Survivor Survivor
Cactus.16 avatar
@Cactus.16
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 143 XP
12/23/2021

Super low-maintenance

Easy to take care of

Hard to kill

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Stacie avatar
@Stacie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Johnstown, Pennsylvania
12/21/2021

Easy to care … requires little care or watering

Survivor Survivor
Stacie avatar
@Stacie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Johnstown, Pennsylvania
12/20/2021

It’s easy to care for…requires very little care and watering

Survivor Survivor
Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 75 Plants
xp 3,663 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

The colorful part and the green part are actually two separate cacti! The colorful one can’t produce chlorophyll, so it’s grafted to the bottom one! It’s actually parasitic, but if the bottom cactus begins to show signs of dying, the top can be removed and re-grafted to a different host to save both cacti!

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Kikigoldblatt avatar
@Kikigoldblatt
leaf-1 99 Plants
xp 55,230 XP
globe Oliver Springs, Tennessee
11/06/2021

This moon cactus is fairly new to me, so far she is a survivor. I have always wanted one so I ended up getting her for hardly anything. I think I paid $1.75 since Krogers had their plants on sale for 50% off.

Survivor Survivor
Its_em_03 avatar
@Its_em_03
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 143 XP
10/15/2021

these plants are kind of doomed to live a short life just because of the nature of the plant(s)
pretty to look at but would definitely not recommend for beginners

Browns easily Browns easily
Bigman avatar
@Bigman
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 77 XP
10/05/2021

Easy to care for, only needs water when soil is thoroughly dry. A very special boi

Survivor Survivor
Heylen avatar
@Heylen
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 204 XP
globe Miami, Florida
09/23/2021

She’s been nothing but great to me. Right when i bought her i repotted her and she’s just grown twice the size since, she looks amazing and healthy and it’s been over 10 months.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Jeff avatar
@Jeff
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
09/22/2021

Gf VM GD g

Survivor Survivor
Liiiyahtexaco avatar
@Liiiyahtexaco
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Salisbury, North Carolina
09/17/2021

You rarely have to water it but I water mines daily in case the soil dries out also if you talk to them they grow !!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Popsicle49 avatar
@Popsicle49
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 2,097 XP
globe St. Pete Beach, Florida
09/14/2021

Adds color to any small garden. A fun cactus.

Survivor Survivor

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