Epiphytic Cactus (Hatiora)

Wow. It’s been so long since I last posted. I have been sitting on this for a while wondering where to start so I think I’ll just start with yesterday.

I bought a new plant! Whenever I pass by “Poppies“, my favourite local floral shop I can’t resist peering in the window to see what’s new. Recently I saw a lovely epiphytic cactus hanging near the front window. Yesterday afternoon as I was walking by temptation got the best of me and I went inside. I was all set to buy the plant, a Rhipsalis, when I caught out of the corner of my eye, hidden amongst the foliage of a cluster of plants another pencil cactus in full bloom. The Rhipsalis was large and crazy with long prehistoric-like tendrils hanging down, but the new plant, a Hatiora salicorniodes (related to the Easter Cactus), was also pretty large and bursting with small orangey-yellow flowers. After a lot of deliberation, flowers won over prehistoric tendrils and I went for the Hatiora.

I took a bunch of photos this morning when the light was good.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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5 thoughts on “Epiphytic Cactus (Hatiora)

  1. Ooh and aah! Great photos. Talk about a tough decision to make!! I am in awe of your self discipline, too…will you go back for the other plant?

  2. Ha! And here I am thinking I have no discipline and am just a big plant glutton.

    I don’t think I’ll go back for the other one. I can’t justify buying both ya know. I actually have a small Rhipsalis (got it from a cutting) so I should just be patient and wait for it to get big.

  3. I love Hatiora! But I’m jealous because mine hasn’t bloomed yet (I’m growing it from a free cutting someone sent my way). It’s almost plant trading time. Soon you can exchange some clippings for some nice free rhipsalis. Great to see you blogging more. :)

  4. Janet: I would be happy to exchange some cuttings. I have a small rhipsalis that I acquired via a cutting. It’s nowhere near ready to bloom. Thankfully they grow quite quickly.

    I will be posting regularly.

  5. Hey Gayla – I’d love to exchange clippings anytime (I imagine when it gets a bit warmer for shipping). I have a bunch of things – including some epiphyllum. Cheers Janet:)

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