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BillB51
May 3, 2017 12:37 PM CST
My dancing bones cactus that has thrived for 2 or 3 years was accidentally left outside while I was away for the weekend and it rained the whole time I was gone. I thought the cactus was dead but found a few green stems so repotted in a small pot, 6 in high and 6 in dia. at top. Since then the cactus has not really thrived. It appears dark green with some white areas on some lower stems. I have no idea how much to water it. I have been giving it 1/3 cup about every seven days. What would be the correct amount to water? Is it susceptible to disease?
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I would really like to save it.
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DaisyI
May 3, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Welcome!

Dancing Bones Cactus - Hatiora salicornioides - is an Epiphyte. That means in its native habitat, it would be hanging up in a tree (without the pot Smiling ).

Plant it in a shallow pot that is just barely bigger than the rooting system. Use very fast draining soil (cactus soil with added perlite works well). These plants don't like moisture sitting against their roots. Water when the soil is dry and then completely drench the soil. Don't let it sit in water.

Give it bright light if inside and light shade if outside.

Good Luck!
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tarev
May 3, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Hello BillB51!

Your container seems too big for it, so try to reduce it and make your soil a bit grittier, by adding some more pumice or perlite, so it does not get too damp. Then if possible bring it out on part sun/shade area. It likes being warm.

As to watering, in my area, once our hot and hotter days are here, I have to water thorougly at least once a week. But if you are growing it indoors, have to check very well, so it is not making it too damp. But our growing environments vary, ideally got to let the plant dry down a bit before watering again. It is a tropical epiphytic cacti, so it does not really need to go very bone dry, before next watering. Loves lots of air around it.

I grow my plant as a hanging plant in a part sun/part shade area.

Here is how my plant looks like:
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With the ongoing Spring warm up, it is active growing time:
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