Is there anything cuter than a Moon Cactus? This low maintenance miniature cactus is the perfect piece of greenery to add to your desk or coffee table for an instant burst of colour. This is an interesting cactus because it composes of two different plants that grow as one. Because the cactus on top is a mutated plant that cannot create its own food, this part relies on the green rootstock cactus on the bottom to survive. The lack of chlorophyll allows the cactus on top to display the bright red colour that makes it so easy to spot a Moon Cactus.
Here’s a guide to caring for your Moon Cactus.
Moon Cacti prefer bright but indirect light, like near a sunny window. If your cactus is exposed to direct sunlight (especially in the afternoon heat) for a prolonged period of time, it can suffer damage. If you keep your Moon Cactus outside, a spot like a covered porch is a good option since most direct sunlight will be blocked throughout the day.
A Moon Cactus requires minimal water and can survive without water for weeks at a time. Watering your Moon Cactus every 2-4 weeks should be sufficient. You can judge whether the plant needs water by examining the soil. If the soil is completely dry, you can water moderately and wait for the soil dry out before watering again. During the winter months, you can water your cacti even less frequently, especially in the case of older plants.
Temperature & Humidity
Cacti need warm temperatures to flourish and grow. Keep your plant away from drafts of hot and cold air that can harm it.
A common problem with cacti is overwatering, which leads to root rot. Remember that a Moon Cactus is a slow grower and that it will perform just fine on its own time without needing too much pampering. A Moon Cactus can also live in the same pot for many years before requiring a bigger home. To propagate a Moon Cactus, simply remove the offsets from the base of the parent plant’s rootstock and plant it in cactus potting soil to grow your cacti collection!
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