How to Grow and Care for a Moon Cactus
- Provide the appropriate balance of light and shade. The rootstock cactus must receive enough sunlight for photosynthesis. …
- Plant your moon cactus in well-draining soil. …
- Water your moon cactus sparingly. …
- Place your moon cactus in a warm environment.
Moreover, how long do grafted moon cactus live?
On average, a Moon Cactus can live anywhere between one to three years. However, there are a few anecdotes of succulent keepers who have kept specimens well over five years. On the other hand, it is not unusual for a Moon Cactus to live just a few months, especially if you do not have any experience caring for one.
Likewise, people ask, what does it mean to graft a moon cactus?
The moon cactus is usually sold already grafted in a process that removes the bottom of the Hibotan and the top of the rootstock cactus. The two halves are set together at the cut ends and soon heal together. The life of the moon cactus can be extended by re-grafting it onto a fresh rootstock.
How do I know if my moon cactus is healthy?
A healthy stem is always firm and green. The most common cause of a brown, rotting stem in a cactus plant is root rot, and this is almost always because the plant is either over-watered, has poor drainage or both.
How do you know if your moon cactus has been overwatered?
- Your rootstock is turning brown or becoming mushy.
- The soil is wet and soggy but you did not just water your cactus within the last 24 hours.
- You check the roots of the cactus and they are brown or black and mushy.
- The cactus does not have a well-draining soil.
Depending on the rootstock, Moon Cacti can reach various heights but they usually stop growing once they reach around 4 inches (10 cm). The diameter of the Moon cactus is between 1.1 and 1.9 inches (3-5 cm). Generally, they have 8 to 14 slightly-notched ribs with narrow edges.
Even with proper watering, in time the rootstock will outgrow the scion. While there are reports of moon cactus remaining healthy for as long as five years, a couple of years is considered good, and often, the plants die in just a few months.
To separate the moon cactus pup from the parent, it is necessary to 1) inspect the health of the plant, select a healthy, good-sized pup, 2) twist and turn the pup to break it off, and 3) propagate the pup. One primary method of propagating is by grafting- joining two different plants to form a new plant.
The generally approved rootstocks for grafting cactus are: Hylocereus trigonus or undatus. Cereus peruvianus. Trichocereus spachianus.