Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random plant event: Hatiora salicornioides cuttings

It's not surprising news -- rooting is pretty much the whole raison d'ĂȘtre of Hatiora salicornioides cuttings -- but still, it's nice to see when it happens. This post can pretty much also double as a How To Propagate Hatiora Salicornioides From Cuttings, though there's not a lot to it. First you cut off some pieces,


then you stick the cuttings in soil so that at least one node (or joint between segments) is buried (this is easier if you make the original cuts just below a node, though I can't say I worry about that very much),


and then you wait until you see new growth:


This particular group of cuttings was started in late July, and the first sign of new growth was in early November, so the wait is about three and a half months. Maybe less if they're in good light: these sat on a low, dark shelf in the plant room for quite a while because I didn't have anywhere else to put them. I lost a few, but that had more to do with me trying to water from overhead with a garden hose (unrooted cuttings are easily knocked over, and if they wind up just laying on top of the soil, they'll be unable to get water, shrivel, and die) than with any inherent frailty of the cuttings themselves.

Not sure what it is about this particular plant, but I'm very fond of it. Never given me any problems, propagates easily, has an interesting look.


7 comments:

Aerelonian said...

I like this plant. It's simple but seems like it would provide a big effect if grouped/displayed in an interesting way in a room. I can't believe how long it takes to root though... I think I need to learn to be more patient.

Peter said...

Not to be a copycat or anything, I mean this post is right there at the top of your blog and all, so like I what else can I do? But is this the same as Rhipsalis salicornioides?

Thomas said...

That first picture looks like snow after a mutant chicken stampede.

I had a large pot of Rhipsalis baccifera for years, but got tired of it (it also shed aerial roots and old stems ALL the time).

I've always kinda liked this plant but never had one. The flowers are nice too; does yours bloom very often?

our friend Ben said...

Snow after a mutant chicken stampede, ha!!!! I can see it. Um, so you're offering these potted cuttings to your faithful blog readers, right? Not to put too fine a point on it, but you appear to have some extras...

mr_subjunctive said...

Thomas:

I knew it looked like something. My first impulse was an alphabet for a really uncreative language. Yours is better.

My plant has never bloomed, actually.

our friend Ben:

Well, it wouldn't be now, in any case: too cold to mail stuff. But it's likely I'd be talked into something around April or May, yes.

lynn'sgarden said...

I admire your patience! Sure, sounds easy enough but 4 months...!!

Peter said...

Alcantarea imperialis is indeed now called Vriesia. Oh, those crazy bromeliad society people!