Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii Care & Buying Guide

Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii

 

Light requirementsHigh
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
SizeSmall
ToxicityNon-toxic
Zone10a
Temperature resistanceNot frost-hardy
Growth speedSlow
Indoor growingSuitable

 

Taking Care Of Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii

Ideal conditions

The ideal conditions for the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii cactus are full light, infrequent watering, and warm temperatures. Categorized in the cold hardiness zone 10a, this cactus should be kept away from temperatures lower than 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius).

Watering

Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii requires very little water. To avoid waterlogging and root rot, you should water this cactus only when its soil is dry to the touch. This cactus is drought-resistant like many others, and it’s difficult to underwater but easy to overwater.

In winter, the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii may not be watered at all, though you may want to mist your cactus occasionally. Once in their winter dormant state, cacti require little to no water.

In spring, resume watering, but bring the water supply to its normal level gradually.

Where to plant

The Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii should be planted in a well-draining cactus mix so that water has no chance of accumulating around the roots. For increased drainage, you may combine the cactus mix with coarse sand, perlite, or pumice.

If keeping the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii inside, make sure to plant it in a pot with drainage holes. This is to further encourage the water draining from the soil.

Since the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii likes full sun, it will grow better outdoors. However, if you have an indoor spot that receives sunlight all day long, you may place your cactus inside as well.

On very hot days, the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii should be provided with filtered light, mainly to prevent sunburns.

If keeping your Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii outdoors, then you may need to bring it inside in winter if the temperatures go very low. Remember that this cactus is not frost-hardy.

General care information

Throughout the growing season (spring and summer), fertilize your Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichi with a cacti fertilizer mix. Aside from fertilization, you may need to repot your cactus sooner or later.

Growing up to around 3 inches tall, the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii doesn’t need that large pots. Besides, it is a fairly slow grower, so it’s unlikely to quickly outgrow its pot.

With that said, you may want to repot the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii every spring no matter whether it has grown out of its pot. This is because repotting allows you to examine the roots and check their condition.

You may repot the Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii Friedrichii once every 2-3 years, but it would be really beneficial to repot it every spring to take a look at its root structure.

It’s also thought that frequent repotting encourages growth since the nutrients in new soil provide a boost to the plant after the winter dormant period.

Nonetheless, after repotting the cactus, keep it away from direct light and don’t water it for around a week to allow the plant to recover from stress.

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