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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Apr 21, 2020 3:29 PM CST
I have a small Hylocereus in my collection, so I've been doing a bit more research into them. Most of what I've found is regarding larger outdoor specimens. I've also found a lot of contradictory information about them.

1. It's beginning to get a little crowded in this pot. I was considering doing a repot soon, but am wondering what type of pot would be most suitable? I've read that some species do well in hanging pots, while others prefer being able to climb. Suggestions for this little guy?

2. A few "stems" recently cropped up. Is this a normal growth structure for this plant? Or is it beginning to stretch and I need to move it to a sunnier location?

3. Species confirmation? Hylocereus undatus?

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Anyone else keep hylocereus? Smiling
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 21, 2020 7:02 PM CST

Hylocereus get HUGE. They really aren't houseplants as the 'arms' can grow to 20 ft or more.

Luckily, you don't have a Hylocereus. Smiling Its a Dog Tail Cacuts - Selenicereus Testudo.
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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Apr 21, 2020 9:46 PM CST
Thank you Smiling

I had kind of wondered. Only a few articles I'd found had pictures that resembled mine. Labelled as younger plants.
Someone who was supposed to be an expert in cactuses and other succulents at a nursery sold it to me claiming it was a "Hylocereus Dragonfruit" quite some time ago.

That's kind of relieving actually. I was a little worried about where it could go once it got larger. I definitely don't have the proper climate for the big guys.
I hadn't heard of Selenicereus before. I'll redirect my research!

On that note, I'm so glad I joined this forum. I'm already learning a lot from you guys. Smiling
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 22, 2020 10:17 AM CST


If I were you, I would begin to break up that clump, maybe into 4 equal parts (simply separating groups of plants along with a quarter of the soil, not separating any individual plants). You could put a quarter the number of plants into the same sized pot and they would be good for a while at least. If you do this kind of maneuver, you might try playing with some of the plants you don't end up keeping in the main pot, specifically try to separate individual plants and pot them up in small pots. There is some risk with both approaches but less so if you wait a week after handling the roots to water.

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