Propagating Bottle Cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Bloomington, IN
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Question by zoso1st
March 9, 1998
I am looking for some information on the house plant called a Drunkard's Dream (Hatiora salicornioides). I have never seen anything like this plant before in my life, I think it is so unique wtih it delicate little yellow flowers and I want a start off the one at the office, but don't know how. It looks likes the plants that you just put a "leave" on some moist soil and it will do the rest, but I am not sure.

Please let me know.

Thank you


Answer from NGA
March 9, 1998
It's also known as Bottle Cactus. You're right about the ease of propagation. See if there are any shoots or shoot pieces, preferably with some roots attached, that will come off the plant easily. If there are roots, bury them in the soil; if not, place the piece of shoot on the soil surface, and press it gently into the soil. The potting soil should resemble that of a forest floor. One recipie calls for one part loamy topsoil, two parts coarse sand (large particles), two parts peat moss or leaf mold, and one part perlite, a dash of bone meal. The pH should be near neutral (6.5 pH is ideal), and you can probably find a suitable soil mix in a garden center or nursery shop. Keep soil evenly moist, but not wet. Offer it the same kind of lighting theone at work receives, and yours should bloom just as well. Your 'Drunkard's Dream' will be a reality!

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