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Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

Chin Cactus

Cactaceae

Comments

A South American species of cactus commonly grown as a houseplant; popular red, orange or yellow cultivars lack chlorophyll and must be grafted to survive; a stunning indoor tabletop accent

Description

A South American species of cactus commonly grown as a houseplant; popular red, orange or yellow cultivars lack chlorophyll and must be grafted to survive; a stunning indoor tabletop accent

Landscape Attributes

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Chin Cactus can be expected to grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 2 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. This is a unique plant in that it requires extremely dry, well-drained soil, and it will die if left in standing water for any length of time - in fact it will suffer if it is over-watered. The soil should be allowed to go completely dry to the touch an inch or two deep for prolonged periods, and it may only need watering once every few weeks. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. Like most succulents and cacti, it prefers to grow in poor soils and should therefore never be fertilized. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soil. Contact the store for specific recommendations on pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.

Light Requirement:

partial shade

full sun

Moisture:

dry to average

Cold Hardy to Zone:

10a

Height(inches):

Spread:

Soil pH:

Soil Type:

6 inches

2 inches

sandy

Deer Resistant:

false

Fall Color

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