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Moon Cactus /Lollypop Cactus

Common name – Moon Cactus, Lollypop Cactus, Plaid Cactus

This is  a grafted cactus.  Grafting is done to keep the top colourful one alive.  It wouldn’t be able to survive on its own since there is no chlorophyll.  The bottom one has the chlorophyll and the roots to keep the top portion going.  One would think since it is a cactus it will grow in harsh sunlight. But that will only cause the plant to burn.  Sunlight is essential but only in the morning or the evening hours.  Mild watering is required.

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

Picture taken an Nong Nooch, Pattaya, Thailand.

Rat Tail Cactus

Though seen here trailing on the ground, this cactus is ideal for hanging baskets. Bright pink/red flowers are produced randomly along the stems. This species will not tolerate any frost, but does very well outdoors in the summer , but needs to be protected from full noon sun. The name ‘Aporocactus’ comes from the Greek for “Cactus that is not penetrable”.

Botanical name: Aporocactus flagelliformis    Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)
Picture taken at Nong Nooch Gardens, Thailand.  Info – Flowersofindia.net