Flowering Gymnocalycium Borthii Cactus

One of the strange things I’ve started to do is to take care of some new pets. This is another one of my weird hobbies. Poey Chin tells me I love them more than her.

Today I’m going to share with you one of my successes.

The photo below was from 2.5 years ago, when I first bought the plant. It looks big here because of the zoom but the size was around 1.5 inches in diameter. The smallest pot you find when you buy cacti.

Last year around this same time, the cactus plant put out one flower bud but sadly it did not bloom. This year I was so excited when I saw two flower buds.

One week later, the first flower bloomed.

The next photo shows the entire cactus plant. When there is less sun, the flower will close up. The diameter at the cactus base is around 3-4 inches.

This last photo shows the flower in maximum bloom under full afternoon sun.

I hope I’ve got the name of the species right. There isn’t a lot of reference online and even fewer photo examples. I don’t even know the name of 95% of my cacti.

I don’t think I’m doing anything special regarding the plant care. The soil is my usual 50/50 mix of black soil and “cactus stones mix”.

This species of cactus seems to survive our Malaysian weather well so I keep it outside with full exposure to sun and rain. If it rains too frequently then I keep it out of the rain for a week.

Fortunately it also seems quite resilient to any pest attacks.

It doesn’t seem to propagate. There was a tiny baby growing at the side a few months ago, but I lost it when transferring it to a bigger pot.