There are 5 species of this genus of hanging cactus, but Apororcactus Flagelliformis is the only popular house-plant. It produces attractive reddish pink tubular flowers. Although the individual flowers only last about a week, the plant can remain in flower for up to 2 months.
Water weekly in Spring and Summer and give just enough in the Winter to stop the plant drying out completely.
Use tomato-type fertilizer once a month in Spring and Summer.
Re-pot each year in Spring into next pot until in 9 inch basket or 6 inch pot.
After flowering finished, use either 6 inch tip cuttings or 6 inch segments of any part of the stem. Dust with rooting powder. Allow each cutting to dry for 2 days, then insert it about an inch deep in small pot of cutting compost. Rooting will occur within a few weeks. These plants can also be grown from seed.
These plants should never be left out in Winter because they cannot stand low temperatures. Great care needs to be taken with positioning as fine prickly spines can cause injuries and are difficult to remove from the skin.
When hanging the plant, ensure that it is anchored well in the pot or basket as any unbalanced growth can cause the plant to fall out.
Aporocactus requires full sunlight, place hanging basket in the sunniest window available. If possible hang the plant outdoors in Summer to give fresh air and extra light. In Winter the plant should be rested.
These desert cacti have pendent stems that grow several feet long and are ideal for a hanging basket or wall basket.
Cactus and succulent compost.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.