Growing Rebutia Cacti

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Rebutiais one of the most popular cacti people prefer growing. It is one of the few cacti which grows charming large flowers along with them. They are often known as the Crown Cactus. The Rebutiaheliosa is quite easy to grow. They are native to high elevations in South America. They generally prefer growing in clusters on the mountains. They grow quickly too, give them proper care for 2 or 3 years and you can observe the mature clusters of small plants. The flowers of the Rebutia cactus generally emerge from the base of the plant or sometimes between the individual plants from the same clusters. The Rebutia cactus needs bright light and little moisture to grow.

Growing Rebutia Cacti

The Rebutia cacti can be easily propagated from their offsets, they can be found from the clusters around the base of the plant. You can get their offsets once a plant has grown to a decent size – they grow several offsets which can be further used to grow more cacti. You need to carefully remove the offset, leave the cut to dry on some paper towel – allow them to stay for a few days. You can observe a callous forming over the cut surface. Place the new plant in a pot once the callous is formed. Use potting soil mixture and keep them in a warm place and the roots will start emerging next. Repot the plant in a regular-sized container once the plant is established.

Repotting is to be done during the warm season, preferably. First, you need to make sure that the soil is dry before you go for repotting. Remove the old soil from the roots of the Rebutia and remove the dead roots if any. You can treat the cuts with fungicides to make sure the plant doesn’t develop fungus. Then, place the plant in a new pot after it is backfilled with potting soil, do spread the roots when you repot. The plant then needs to be kept dry for about a week and then water lightly. Do not overwater or you can risk the plant getting root rot.



The RebutiaPulvinosa is quite small and they are sparsely spiny and are a high clustering plant. They do produce quick offsets around it. The low and compact spreading pulvinus looks adorable. The stems of the plant are individual heads and are flattened and bulbous in structure. The stems are light green and can be up to 3 cm in diameter. The ribs of the plant are divided into spaced tubercles into two further downward spirals. The areoles are generally oval, white, and felty. They are ideal for your bowl gardens if you want to create small scapes. They grow best in light shade and are perfect for growing indoors as well. They might get scorched in full sun. Don’t overwater the plants and keep them dry and slightly moist in winter. Repotting the plants can increase the number of stems and flowers in the plant. They can be propagated by seeds and offsets.  They feature lovely yellow-toned flowers.

Rebutiaviolaciflora |Rebutiaminuscula


Along with the lovely pink flowers, the Rebutiaviolaciflora or the Rebutiaminuscula features golden-yellow spines which can grow about 25 mm long. They have a yellow-green and a clump-forming globular body. The large pink or the light-violet flowers are the main reason people prefer bringing them home. The funnel-shaped flowers can be seen growing in the early spring. This plant is self-pollinated and has autogamy characters. The stems of these cacti are hemispherical and globular. The stems are usually less than 20 mm in diameter. The ribs are divided into flat and rounded spiralled tubercles. The areoles are round and about 1 mm in diameter. The plant has about 20 bristle-like spines which can range from 3 to 25 mm in length. The beautiful funnel-shaped flowers can grow about 30 to 35 mm long and about 25 to 30 mm wide. They often produce about 6 mm spherical fruits which are generally orange-yellow and later become brown.



This plant is one of the large-headed species which gets a solitary or clustering just when the main head grows to about 5 to 7 cm in diameter. They can produce a nice patch with time. This can easily distinguish the tubercles with the chinned bases. Rebutiamentosa has got a lot of synonyms and many varieties and subspecies. This plant has long taproots and the stems are fresh green in colour. You can easily identify the plant with its flattened globular and shortly cylindrical stems which are depressed at the apex. The stems are 9 to 10 cm tall and about 6 to 7 cm in diameter. One can find about 20 ribs that are tuberculate and spiralling in nature. There are both radial spines (about 2 to 4 or sometimes more which are 5 to 35 mm long) and central spines (about 14 to 18 which are 5 to 25 mm long). The flowers cluster around the lower stems most of the time. They are funnel-shaped and have short necks with them and generally bloom in the Spring season. They also grow dark reddish-brown fruits that have pale green scales.



The RebutiaKrainziana is famous for the charming red flowers on them. They grow in full sun and can even grow in light shade. You need to water this plant regularly but avoid overwatering, look for the soil to check if it is dry. Repotting the plant can increase their chances of growing more flowers just like any other rebutia cactus. Once the plant reaches about 100 mm in size, repot them. Repeat the process every 2 or 3 years. Repotting by the end of winter would be the best time. After you repot the plant, stop watering it for a couple of weeks.




The bright yellow flowers are one of the most popular rebutia flowers. The flower is from Bolivia in South America. The species’ range is quite limited. They are better known as the SulcorebutiaArenacea and are known for their neat and symmetrical pectinate supination and the popular yellowish-orange flowers. The stems are globoid flat to the ground and are about 2 to 4 cm tall and about 2 to 6 cm in diameter. They have about 30 spiralled and strong tuberculate ribs around them. The areoles are creamy grey and the plant comes with about 14 to 16 spines which are about 4 to 5 mm long. The flowers generally bloom during the late winter to spring.

Rebutia varieties

Some of the other popular rebutia varieties are –











Rebutia size

Different species of the Rebutia cactus grow in different sizes. Most of the species consist of a single ball that reaches 6 inches in size.

Rebutia toxic

The rebutia species hasn’t reported any toxic traits yet. There isn’t any solid evidence suggesting that the plant can be poisonous. But the spines in the rebutia cactus can hurt.

Rebutia habitat

The rebutia plants are native to the high elevations in South America. Species like the Rebutiaminuscila grows widely in northern Argentina. The species grows in the Yunga forest on the rocky outcrops.

Rebutia care

It is quite easy to grow a rebutia species, but you need to take care of some of the following aspects –


In the growing season that is in spring and summer, you need to let the potting soil remain dry between the waterings. After that, watering the plant thoroughly is a requirement. Reduce watering schedules in the winter.


Most of the rebutia prefer bright light. Some of them can be grown in partial shade to full sun conditions too. As they are mountain species, they don’t like too high a temperature, keep that in mind.


Like most other cactus, they need rich and fast-draining soil. They can’t tolerate their soil soaked in water. A cactus mix would be preferred.


Fertilizing the rebutia species with a cacti fertilizer is recommended. Do it during the growing season. Stop fertilizing during the dormant winter season.


How do you take care of a rebutia cactus?

Rebutia cactus likes bright light. Ensure that the soil is a fast-draining one. Don’t overwater the plant, wait for the soil to get fry during the growing season. Apply a cacti fertilizer mix.

How big do rebutia grow?

It depends on the species. Different species grow in different sizes, you can go through the blog to learn about the particular types.

How do you propagate rebutiaHeliosa?

You need to place the plant in a new pot and keep backfilling it with potting soil, make sure the roots get spread. Leave the plant dry for the next week and then start watering lightly.

How do you care for a RebutiaMuscula?

The plant needs full sun or can also grow in light shade. You need to water it carefully to keep the plant compact and maintain strong spines. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

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