epiphytic cactus originating in Brazil. It has thin cylindrical stems, divided into numerous segments, erect or slightly curved, completely free of thorns, of a pale green colour, very ramified; in the wild, they can grow at heights exceeding one metre, in container usually they reach the 50-60 cm of height and of breadth. In spring, at the apex of the stems, small flowers of golden yellow colour bloom, followed, at times, by the fruits, containing several seeds.
These cacti are quite easy to cultivate and are suitable to be cultivated in hanging baskets, such as rhipsalis, schlumbergere and rhipsalidopsis, with which they divide the appearance, but not the spectacular blooms; in fact, some species of rhipsalis were once part of the genus hatiora.
Place in the sun or, preferably, in the middle of the shade, to avoid sunburn during the hottest period of the year. The hatiora they can bear temperatures close to 2-3°C for short periods, but we suggest keeping them at a winter temperature close to 10-12°C.
From March to September water regularly enough, letting the soil dry completely between one watering and the other; in the cold months water sporadically, every 20-25 days. In the vegetative period, mix succulent plant manure with the water of the watering, every 10-15 days.
These cacti love soft and well-drained soils, as in nature they tend to be epiphytic, it is good to prepare a soil by mixing balanced soil, sand and some pieces of bark, to keep the soil light.
It happens by seed, in spring, or by cutting; the portions of stem root with great facility.
Hatiora salicornioides: Pests and diseases
Cochineal nests near the knots of the stems.