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Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocalycium (jim-no-kal-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: mihanovichii (me-han-oh-VIK-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Hibotan

Synonym:Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. friedrichii
Synonym:Gymnocalycium mihanovichii var. hibotan

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

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:
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral avaperry On Aug 21, 2012, avaperry from Fort Collins, CO wrote:

My flower fell off about a year ago,but the plant it is still growing strong, it now has long looking arms with brown stems. What do I do, will it grow a flower ever again, can I grow more from the attachments, if so how can I do this.
Thank You,

Neutral n0greenthumb On Mar 10, 2012, n0greenthumb from Pomona, CA wrote:

just got this cute plant, I got one hot pink, one pink, one yellow, 3 reds and 3 sort of maroon color-very other-worldly looking. Will be closely monitoring them. And for Ronster 1266-the plant staff assisted me but the description/care guide did mention adult size, water/sun requirements, etc. I find these guides really helpful. Failing that, or if given a plant as a gift, will look it up online. They are easily found even when using description only. As for the person asking why the little guys aren't getting bigger-they never will. A small plant and-best of all-they really like indoor living! dogsRbetter

Positive ronster1266 On Dec 15, 2008, ronster1266 from Montrose, MI wrote:

I got this plant about three years ago from kmart. it was in a verry tiney pot and i transplanted it but it has not gotten any bigger, does anyone know why?

Positive sylvainyang On May 11, 2008, sylvainyang from Edmond, OK wrote:

This cactus has a very eye catching, exotic look. reasonable price, easy care, easy too find as well. You could find them from most of the Lowe's Home Depot. A spoon siz tall Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii is only $5 at Lowes. Water it only the soil is compleatly dry or it will kill the plant. I personlly like to pick up the small suckers, that will make the main glob grow faster.

Neutral cactus_lover On Oct 30, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

A novelty cactus that always be grown on graft,as it contains no food-making chlorophyll.Never let it become too cold.

Positive Chamma On Mar 22, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

unusual cactus. The top of this cactus is not a fruit or flower but rather the gymnocalcymium. It does not contain chlorophyll and survives only by being grafted to a robust stock plact such as hylocereus.


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Fullerton, California
Oak View, California
Roseville, California
Kenner, Louisiana
Alden, New York
Spring, Texas
Quilcene, Washington

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