Cotton Pole Cactus


Austrocylindropuntia vestita (Old Man Opuntia)

Austrocylindropuntia vestita (Old Man Opuntia) is a cactus with slender cylindrical stems, branched basally and near the top, and covered…

Propagating Totem Pole Cactus

Do you want to simulate the Totem Pole cacti colonies in their natural habitat, add more to your collection, or gift them to your cacti-loving friends? Say no more! Totem Pole cacti can be easily propagated through stem cuttings, as they do not bloom or seed too often.

The cuttings should have at least 3 inches (7.6 cm) and must be taken at an angle with a sharp and sterilized knife. Make sure you choose stems that contain one or two healthy areolas and allow the cuttings to dry in a shaded location. Once the callus has formed, plant your cuttings in fresh potting mix and wait about a week before moisturizing it.

When propagating Totem Pole cacti, you will notice the development of a healthy root system after 2-4 weeks. Once you feel some resistance when gently pulling the cuttings, move your baby cacti in a place with bright, indirect light and care for them as usual.

Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii)

Other common names: Hibotan cactus, chin cactus

Moon cactus plants, known scientifically as Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, are one of the most popular types of cacti for home gardens.

Interestingly, these cacti cannot produce chlorophyll. They need a stock cactus that produces such pigment in which they can be grafted onto for them to thrive well. For that reason, the term “mutant cactus” is a standard reference for these plants.

You’ll quickly recognize them for their vivid neon orange, yellow, purple, red, or pink lollipop-like shapes that sit atop a rootstock cactus, like Hylocereus undatus (1). This type of cactus is native to South America, particularly to desert habitats in the region.

Moon cactus plants can be grown indoors if provided with sufficient light. Classified as small cactus plants, each of these cacti grows only up to 0.5 inches in width. However, some cultivars can grow up to 8 inches in diameter.

Popular cultivars of moon cactus plants:

  • Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii ‘Hibotan’
  • Gymnocalyciummihanovichii’ Hibotan Nishiki’
  • Gymnocalyciummihanovichii var. friedrichii ‘Pink-Kuro’
  • Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var.friedrichii ‘Akagurohibotan-Nishiki’

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