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Rat's tail Cactus

English Name

Aporocactus Flagelliformis

Scientific Name

Description

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.

Mexico

Origin

Cactaceae

Family

50°F - 82°F

Temperature (°F)

Cactus

Type

Spring & Summer

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Colors

Watering

Water weekly in Spring and Summer and give just enough in the Winter to stop the plant drying out completely.

Feeding

Use tomato-type fertilizer once a month in Spring and Summer.

Repotting

Re-pot each year in Spring into next pot until in 9 inch basket or 6 inch pot.

Propagation

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.

Cultivation

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.

Tips

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.

Care

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.

Decorate

These desert cacti have pendent stems that grow several feet long and are ideal for a hanging basket or wall basket.

Humidity

Low humidity.

Soil

Cactus and succulent compost.



Did you know?

Watering is necessary when transplanting, but be careful not to over water.