Hatiora rosea (Lagerh.) Barthlott
Rose Easter Cactus, Easter Cactus, Whitsun Cactus, Pink Star Cactus
Rhipsalidopsis rosea, Rhipsalis rosea, Schlumbergera rosea
Hatiora rosea, also known as Rhipsalidopsis rosea or Schlumbergera rosea, is a bushy cactus with unique, mostly erect, somewhat arching or pendent, jointed stems and many rose-colored flowers. It is an epiphyte but is commonly grown as a foliage plant. This species is similar to Hatiora gaertneri but has much smaller joints and flowers. The stem segments are flat or 3- to 5-angled with concave sides, reddish becoming dark green, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. The margins of the segments are with 2 or 3 notches.
The flowers are fragrant and borne terminally. They are pink, broadly funnelform, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long with an equal diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Hatiora grows in the wild in tropical rain forests of south-eastern Brazil, as far south as Parana, along the border with Paraguay. Although they grow mostly on tree trunks, they are sometimes found growing on rocky ground. In the wild, Hatiora bloom in spring and will sometimes flower twice in one year.
These cacti thrive best in indirect light with exposure to morning and evening sun. They prefer well-drained soil. Cactus or epiphytic compost works well. Hatiora can be propagated easily through cuttings that can root immediately in soil. It likes long nights of about 14 hours. Cover the plant with a paper bag to shut out sunlight. Try not to reposition the plant once flower buds appear, as these could fall off during any movement. It needs a month's rest after flowering, so water sparingly during this period.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hatiora.
Hatiora rosea is native to Brazil.
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