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PlantFiles: Dwarf Chin Cactus
Gymnocalycium baldianum

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocalycium (jim-no-kal-LISS-ee-um) (Info)
Species: baldianum (bald-ee-AY-num) (Info)

Synonym:Echinocactus baldianum
Synonym:Echinocactus sanguiniflorus
Synonym:Gymnocalycium sanguiniflorum
Synonym:Gymnocalycium venturianum
Synonym:Gymnocalycium platense var. baldianum

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
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 Feb 20, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small globoid sparsely spined green cactus with impressive large flowers of a variety of color possibilities. Spines that are present are stiff, but tend to lie flat against the body of the plant so plant is 'user friendlly'. Though a small cactus, grows fast up to maximum size and supposedly can flowers one year from seed.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Calimesa, California

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