Red Ruby Ball Cactus Wallpaper

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Red Ruby Ball Cactus Wallpaper

Red Ruby Ball Cactus Wallpaper

The ruby ball cactus, also known as the red cap cactus, is actually a grafted specimen. The colorful red top is a Gymnocalycium, while the lower green cactus could be any one of a number of varieties: its main job is to display the Gymnocalycium at an advantageous height. As a result, these plants are popular in the cacti dish gardens frequently offered for sale. As far as growing them goes, they are not especially demanding, but they are not without challenges either. If there is a disconnect between the light requirements of the stock cactus on the bottom and the scion on top, the challenge is finding the right balance so both will thrive.
There are multitudes of varieties of Gymnocalycium cacti, which are collector’s plants with a wide following. The common ruby ball grafted plant relies on the G. mihanovichii, which is available in red, yellow, orange or pink. Older plants will sometimes flower with pink flowers during the summer, and many people mistake the colored ball on top for a flower when it’s the actual plant itself. As a point of interest, the ruby ball hybrids cannot produce their own chlorophyll, and thus rely on the grafted root stock to produce chlorophyll and keep them alive. The plant will noticeably plump up. It’s imperative that the cactus is not exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water.
This species is actually only the top, usually brightly colored pink, red, or orange, cactus that sits upon another species to which it has been grafted on. This is a necessity as Ruby Ball does not contain any chlorophyll due to a genetic mutation, and therefore requires to be grafted on top of another cactus in order to receive the nutrients it needs.