Hatiora salicornioides, or Drunkard's-Dream, is an epiphytic cactus native to Brazil. It got its common name from the 1.25 inch (3 cm) jointed stems that resemble whisky bottles. In nature, they will reach about 6 feet (2 m) in height with an equal spread. Grown in a container, ours has never reached over 2 feet (60 cm) in height. They make attractive basket plants and are easy to culture.
Blooming Time: In late winter through early spring, the plant is adorned with small yellow flowers.
Culture: Hatiora salicornioide need partial shade to bright indirect lighting with a light well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts pine bark to 1 part sand or perlite. During the growing season, the plants are watered freely and fertilized on a weekly basis. In late fall, night temperatures should drop to 50-55° F to aid in flower initiation. During this time, water should be somewhat restricted, but the mix should never be allowed to completely dry out. When flower buds have formed, you should resume the water and fertilizer regime.
Propagation: Hatiora salicornioides is propagated from cutting or by seed. Seed readily germinates at 65° F.
Hatiora salicornioides was featured as Plant of the Week February 21-27, 2003.
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