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Aporocactus flagelliformis

Rat's tail cactus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1m
  • Spread1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing or Cactus-like
  • Flower ColourPurple, red, pink
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Aporocactus flagelliformis (Rat's tail cactus). This is an epiphytic cactus, with long trailing stems resembling rats tails. It will produce tubular bright pink flowers in spring and summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Epiphytic, Succulent or Cactus

Origin

South Mexico, N.C. America

Interest and use

Grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. Hanging baskets.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These plants like a rich, free draining soil and a sunny position. Water in the growing season and only a little in the autumn and winter. Feed in the growing season.

Propagation

By stem cuttings or by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs

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