Rhipsalis Salicornioides (Dancing Bones)

Hatiora Salicornioides

Recognised as a Rhipsalis, many growers are not aware that although Dancing Bones is in the Rhipsalideae Tribe, its scientific name is actually ‘Hatiora Salicornioides.’ Its general care is not unlike others in the Rhipsalis tribe, it enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade and thrives in well draining soil. Flowers appear in Spring however mine have also been know to bloom late Winter. The blooms are a bright yellow/orange and only occur if the plant has seen adequate sun in its blooming period.

Dancing Bones segments can grow as long as 60cm long and flowers are around 2cm. This succulent plant is extremely easy care, I have not encountered any pests or diseases on my specimen and have had the same plant in many different conditions over the years. It has lived inside in a small pot with indirect sunlight for over 4 years and then brought outdoors for the last 5 years where it has received morning sun, afternoon shade. Whilst indoors it never flowered and the growth was quite stunted, it would still serve as quite a resilient indoor specimen.

When looking for you next indoor succulent, maybe consider giving Rhipsalis Salicornioides or ‘Dancing Bones’ a try! 

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