Hatiora salicornioides (Haw.) Britton & Rose
Dancing Bones, Dancing Bones Cactus, Drunkard's Dream, Spice Cactus, Bottle Cactus
Hatiora salicornioides, formerly known as Rhipsalis salicornioides, is a bushy cactus with slender, many-branched, erect, or somewhat arching or pendent stems. The stems grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and consist of smaller, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long segments. The segments have a shape that resembles a club or bottle. Flowers are orange-yellow, bell-shaped, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long.
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 the state of Parana, along the border with Paraguay. Although they grow mostly on tree trunks, they are sometimes found growing on rocky ground. Hatiora bloom in spring in the wild and will sometimes flower twice in one year.
These cacti thrive best in indirect light with morning and evening sun exposure. 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.
This species is endemic to Brazil.
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