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Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus)

Scientific Name:

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus)

Common name:

Chin Cactus, Plaid Cactus











Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

The Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, or Chin Cactus, is a succulent native to the Gran Chaco region of South America. It is an incredibly popular species due to its unique shape and colorful flowers. This cactus typically grows in globular shapes that can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Its body is covered with thick spines that are arranged in spirals around the plant's surface. The color of these spines range from light yellow to dark brown, depending on the age of the plant. The Chin Cactus produces beautiful flowers during its blooming season. These flowers can be white, pink, or red and have a bell-like shape with pointed petals. They are usually 2-3 inches (5-7 cm) wide and bloom for several weeks at a time. The leaves of this succulent are small and scale-like, growing along the stem of the plant. They are typically green but may turn purple when exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time. In terms of care requirements, this cactus prefers bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil with regular watering during its active growth period in spring and summer months. During winter months it should be kept dry as it goes dormant during this time. Additionally, it should be protected from extreme temperatures as this can cause damage to the plant's delicate spines and leaves. Gymnocalycium mihanovichii has been cultivated since the early 1900s when it was first discovered by Austrian botanist Friedrich Mihanovich near San Juan province in Argentina. Since then it has become one of the most popular species among succulent enthusiasts due to its unique appearance and ease of care requirements!
The Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus) succulent requires bright indirect light to thrive. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as it can cause sunburn and damage the plant. Medium light is also suitable for this succulent, but it will need more frequent watering than in brighter conditions. Low light is not recommended for this species, as it will not receive enough energy to stay healthy and grow properly.
Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus) succulents prefer well-draining soil that is slightly acidic with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. The soil should be light and airy, so a combination of potting soil, perlite, and sand works best. Additionally, it's important to ensure the soil doesn't become overly dry or soggy; regular watering will help keep the plant healthy.
The Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus) succulent requires a moderate watering schedule. During the summer months, water it every 7-10 days and in the winter months, reduce this to every 10-14 days. Make sure that the soil is completely dry before you water it again. It's important not to overwater as this can cause root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (Chin Cactus) succulent is low to moderate. During the summer months, it should be kept in an environment with a relative humidity of around 40-50%, and during the winter months, a relative humidity of 30-40% is best. To maintain these levels, you can mist your plant occasionally or place it near a humidifier.