Disocactus flagelliformis

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 Disocactus flagelliformis subsp. var.  Rat Tail Cactus
Habit: cacti-succulent
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Width: to
Height: 1.2 m to 2 m
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Highland plateaus of Mexico
Bloom: early spring
Exposure: part-sun
Water: moist
Features: evergreen, flowers, foliage, houseplant
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Minimum Temp: 10°C283.15 K
50 °F
509.67 °R
USDA Zones: 10 to 12
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: pink
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In the wild Disocactus flagelliformis is epiphytic and so is ideal for hanging baskets. The long slender stems can get to 2.5cm thick and will reach anywhere between 1.2m and 2m in length. During early spring, bright-pink, tubular flowers around 5cm in length are formed on the stems. These flowers will last for a few days.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Aporocactus flagelliformis, Lem. (Cereus flagelliformis, Mill.). Rat-tail Cactus. Sts. about ½ in. diam., branching: ribs 10-12: fls. 2-3 in. long. Trop. Amer.— This is commonly hybridized with other species. It is a well-known window-plant. It is easily grown and is a great favorite with people who know little about cacti. It is often grafted on other cacti and worked into various fantastic designs. It is rather a a free bloomer, and with proper care a most charming plant can be obtained.

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The plant should be planted in loamy soil and always kept moist, even during the winter. During summer months it should be watered generously.


As the steams become too long, they can be clipped off and left to dry for a couple of days. They can then be potted up. It is best to root cuttings during early summer.

Pests and diseases

Mealybug is a serious pest that can cause significant damage to the plant. Treating it with a systemic insecticide should help solve the problem.




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