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Gymnocalycium bruchii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocalycium (jim-no-kal-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: bruchii (BROO-kee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Frailea bruchii
Synonym:Gymnocalycium albispinum
Synonym:Gymnocalycium bruchii subsp. bruchii
Synonym:Gymnocalycium lafaldense

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Apr 27, 2007, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Easy Gymno, at least in Southern California... great plant for sun/shade and reliable bloomer in our springs. Is 'user-friendly' too, in that the spines are softish, and curl tightly onto plant, so no gloves really needed with this one. Sort of slow... heads of this species (many varieties, most which are not recognized by the official cactus assosications) tend to be quite small, with the largest being about 2" in diameter. Eventually forms small mounds of spheres... great potted plant, too.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
San Diego, California

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