Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Is it time to divide?

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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Sep 30, 2016 1:43 PM CST
I've never had one of these that lived, much less grew so long. Kinda looks like cereus or euphorbia but I'm not really sure. Can I propagate it? I see roots, but they're not where I would expect them so I'm hesitant to cut. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!


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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 30, 2016 4:36 PM CST
That is a cactus, looks like an epiphyte (grows on top of other plants). Make your cuts at the narrow junctions in between sections, for the least exposed surface area. Leave the cutting for a week in the shade, then pot it up and start watering after another week or so. You could probably lay a segment on top of the soil if you wanted to experiment but I usually go for the vertical orientation to start (plant obviously sprawls wherever it wants).
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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
Sep 30, 2016 8:36 PM CST
Thanks Baja! I'll give that a try Thank You!
Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Sep 30, 2016 9:20 PM CST
I have never seen any cactus like this one before Ibis!! Amazing.
Name: Deborah Pryor
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Deebie
Oct 1, 2016 7:05 AM CST
It reminds me of Pitaya or Dragonfruit cactus which is a hylocereus family. Check out this link:
Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus ocamponis)
Name: Diane Mckee
Florida (Zone 10a)
RedSonja
Oct 1, 2016 8:04 AM CST
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It definitely looks like a cereus. Could be one of the night blooming varieties. This big guy is mine. Totally overgrown and in need of major division. They have a tendency to thrive on neglect in the tropics. Since you are in Orlando, you will have to protect it if you get frost. You can divide at the joints like Baja recommended. Best in a large container with a wooden post for climbing. It will get Big. Check out YouTube. There's some great videos on growing hylocereus or dragonfruit on there. Lots of ideas on how to pot it up and maintain its funky growth.
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
Region: Florida Tropicals Bromeliad Orchids Container Gardener Foliage Fan
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IbisFla
Oct 1, 2016 9:05 AM CST
Thanks all!

@redsonja, I'll have to look it up on YouTube. I'd rather keep it in a natural state if I can. I hope it'll bloom sometime Smiling
Name: Diane Mckee
Florida (Zone 10a)
RedSonja
Oct 1, 2016 12:42 PM CST
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Thanks Ibis. Here is what your division should look like. I inadvertently divided the monster in my backyard when I tripped over a terrestrial branch and nearly faceplanted into a palm. It already has some roots.

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