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Propagated Disocactus Plants and Seeds

Disocactus plants live beneath the cover of rain forest trees in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. These cacti grow in an epiphyte form, and their trailing stems work very nicely in a hanging basket format. They acclimate themselves well to the low light conditions of house plant life, because their natural habitat is primarily in the shade of other plants. They can be treated like most broad leaf house plants and watered frequently like most tropical plants they like to be misted with water.

Disocactus are epiphyte cacti and their leafy appearance gives them the appearance as a sort of broad leaf cactus plant. They are actually without leaves, but are basically long flimsy two ribbed cactus stems growing ones segment at a time. Small segments of these plants may have three of four ribs, and as they grow they narrow themselves down to two ribs growing opposite each other on the stem. A few species grow as round stem scrambling plants, and are sometimes called 'Rat Tail Cacti'. The flat stemmed varieties are the ones sometimes mistaken to have leaves, but these plants are leafless. Technically for cacti the spines would be their leaves, so even thought some varieties look like leafy cactus plants they are really stems.

These cactus plants vary from a spiny appearance to having no spines, and sometimes when they have spines they are very difficult to see. Spines have a glass like quality in that they cut into the skin easily and are brittle and break off too. Care needs to be taken when handling these plants to avoid the mistake of breaking of spines off in skin, and especially on plants where the spines are fine and hard to see.

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Disocactus Photos:

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Disocactus flower in sun

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Disocactus flower red

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Disocactus in window

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Disocactus seed pod

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Disocactus flower & seed pods

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Disocactus hanging basket

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Disocactus rattail flower

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Disocactus dry flower

 

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