Tag: gymnocalycium

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii flowers!

The flowers on my Gymnocalycium mihanovichii look like cotton candy ? This time the cactus grew a whopping 10 flower buds and today 4 of them bloomed at the same time. I didn’t have to race home to see the flowers fully open, either, because the weather was fantastic today. Usually, this one only decides to bloom on cloudy days while I’m at work, so they start to close up much earlier in the day.

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii flower progress

My Gymnocalycium mihanovichii is flowering again! This time with 4 beautiful pink flowers ? It took a while for the buds to develop. I waited for just over a month, but it was worth it in the end.

In my opinion, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii isn’t the most pretty cactus when it’s not flowering, but this is actually one of my favorite cactus in my collection. It’s a slow grower, but it flowers easily every year if given enough sun and water. And the flowers are spectacular.

You usually see this cactus in it’s pink or yellow form, grafted to another type of cactus because it can’t photosynthesize and survive on its own. These colorful mutants, also called Moon Cactus are very commonly sold, but usually don’t survive for more than a couple of years. That’s why I’m not a fan of grafted plants.

Repotting day!

It’s repotting day for my cactus seedlings, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii and Sulcorebutia rauschii. My cactus seedlings and the Sulcorebutia should have been repotted a long time ago, even though they seem to be thriving in their way too small pots.

I chose to keep the three biggest cactus seedlings and send the rest off towards someone who might want to adopt them. All of them have been potted in pure Diatomaceous earth cat litter with no potting soil. That way, they’re easy to repot next time, and there’s very little reason to worry about root rot and overwatering.

Just gotta say.. when you mess with spiny cacti, remember to wear gloves or use a tong. Not just your hands. Let’s just say it’s very difficult and painful to remove broken cactus spines from the soft skin under your nails.

Repotting time for my fast growing cacti

Had to save my Sulcorebutia rauschii and Gymnocalycium mihanovichii from being squished by my now giant Mammillaria spinosissima “un pico” (phew, scientific names are hard). They were all planted in one pot, but that didn’t work very well. I’ve never seen a cactus grow that fast.
On the bright side, the Sulcorebutia and Gymnocalycium are doing great. One is growing multiple pups and the other is flowering soon.