January 31, 2023
Dancing Bones Cactus
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Hatiora salicornioides, more commonly known as the Dancing Bones Cactus. This incredible plant belongs to the Cactaceae family and is native to eastern Brazil. There, this cactus can be found growing on the ground or even on the trunks of trees. This is an epiphytic plant meaning it likes to grow on other plants. Dancing Bones are close relatives of Rhipsalis and share many similar characteristics such as jointed, slender branches. They are known for their occasional, bright yellow flowers and their upward growth habit makes them easy to manage and perfect for a smaller ledge or shelf in the home.
Let’s talk about care. Dancing bones cactus love bright light in the home. Indirect light will also be sufficient. When it’s time to re-pot, use a cactus specific potting soil such as the Sol Soils Cactus Gritty Mix because it has great drainage and air flow. Check for watering on a bi-weekly schedule, then weekly during the summer months. Allow this plant to dry down about 4-5 inches before giving it a good soak. During the winter months dial back significantly, allowing your plant to dry almost completely before watering. This plant can take a bit more water than your usual cactus but does not like to sit in soggy soil. As always, keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and spider mites. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.