Hatiora salicornioides, Clubbane Cactus - Care Tips

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Originally based in eastern Brazil, the clubbane cactus is an ideal indoor plant that likes to stand on a bright windowsill. In the spring it pleases its owner with bright yellow blooms, can bloom however with good care also several times in the year. The succulent, with its often overhanging shoots, is more reminiscent of a small bush than a cactus.
Hatiora salicornioides is also happy to pull out of its place on a bright window sill to a sheltered spot in the warm summer months.
The clubbane cactus is actually a houseplant in the local latitudes. Therefore, the ideal location is a bright and light windowsill, which should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Even in winter, the location for the clubbane cactus must be bright and temperatures must not fall below 15° Celsius. In warm summer, on the other hand, the plant can move to a sheltered and bright place on the terrace or balcony, but here too it must not be exposed to direct sunlight. The following locations are therefore ideal:

  • in summer on a bright, not with direct sun bathed covered balcony or terrace
  • in spring and autumn on a bright, warm windowsill, for example in the living room or kitchen
  • In winter, the clubbane cactus pulls on a bright sill in a cooler room of the apartment
  • windows are ideal in the bedroom or in the hallway
Tip: If there is no terrace or balcony available in the summer, then the clubbane cactus will remain a houseplant in the same place as it was in spring. This does not detract from its rich flowering with otherwise good care. Staying in the summer outdoors is not essential.
Substrate & soil
The ideal floor for the clubbear cactus is permeable cactus clay from the trade. This should still be mixed with sand so that it does not become too strong when it is moist.
Pouring & fertilizing
Like all cactus species, the clubbane cactus does not need much water. Therefore, should be poured rather sparingly. Only when the soil is completely dried off, can be poured moderately again. The following points should be noted:
  • Water moderately in spring and summer
  • In winter, watering can usually be stopped altogether
  • the plant needs a high humidity
  • if this is not the case, spray with water several times
  • once or twice a month provide cactus fertilizers from the market
  • in the winter does not need to be fertilized
To cut
As a rule, this cactus species does not have to be cut. Because the plant has reached its full height, it does not grow further. If, however, dried shoots show up, then these can be cut off or broken off. As a rule, however, the plant sheds these dried shoots for protection itself. Even the dried flowers can be snapped off with your fingers, but this is a sheer beauty measure. For the flowers, when they are withered, are thrown off the clubbane cactus and collect on the windowsill around the pot.
Tip: Anyone who wants to propagate new plants of the beautiful cactus species by sowing, can collect the dried flowers and store in a warm, dry place until next spring.
If you have cultivated a clubbane cactus on your windowsill, you can easily multiply it yourself. For this purpose, individual limbs of the sprouts are separated. For the separation a sharp pair of scissors or a sharp knife must be used. The cutting tool should be disinfected beforehand so that no bacteria can penetrate the interface and damage the plant. The shoots can also be broken off directly at the nodes of the plant. Next proceed as follows:
  • cut off as many limbs as new plants are desired
  • dry the cuttings for a few days
  • after drying, the shoots are usually wrinkled
  • then place the individual shoots in individual small pots
  • cactus clay mixed with sand can be used in the substrate used for this purpose
  • Keep soil moist with cuttings that have not grown roots yet
  • occasionally spray with water from above
  • place in a bright, clear place
  • The cuttings are full and plump again, they have rooted and grown
  • Now the earth should dry between the casting phases, so that the new roots do not take damage
Tip: Ideally, the propagation takes place in the time in which the cactus neither flowers nor buds. Therefore, the best time for propagation is in late summer to early fall.
The clubbane cactus is cultivated in the bucket. When planting a drainage should be created from the beginning to avoid waterlogging.Because against moisture in the earth, the cactus is very vulnerable and in the worst case, he can die of root rot. Therefore, proceed as follows during the potting:
  • for the drainage over the drain hole lay gravel, small stones or potsherds
  • Apply plant fleece over it, so that soil can not clog the drainage
  • on the fleece comes a little of the prepared earth
  • Insert clubbark cactus and add remaining soil around
  • Lightly press on the soil and pour on it very lightly
Tip: When choosing the pot, make sure that the adult clubbane cactus usually reaches a height of 30 cm. Individual plants can reach a height of up to one meter.
Hatiora salicornioides does not necessarily have to be repotted. But if you want a very large specimen of up to one meter, you can repot the cactus regularly. Otherwise, the plant should be given a new substrate every two to three years. The repot should be done as follows:
  • If the cactus does not grow larger, the same pot can be taken again
  • with a desired growth, a pot is selected one size larger
  • Carefully remove the plant from the old soil and set it aside
  • Fill the pot with drainage and new cactus soil and sand
  • Insert plant and fill in remaining soil
  • pour lightly
  • spray from above with water
Tip: Ideally repot the clubbane cactus only after flowering so that it does not take any damage and discards the flowers prematurely.
Even if it is a houseplant, the clubbane cactus should move in winter to a cooler but still bright location. If there is no heating under the window sill where it is located, it can usually remain here. However, it is important to be aware of the following in winter:
  • keep dry and cool
  • Temperatures should not be below 15° Celsius
  • However, if it is too warm, the cactus loses its new buds
  • the bloom in the spring does not apply in such a case
  • In winter it can come to root rot with heavy watering
  • Ideally, therefore, completely stop watering in winter
Care mistakes, diseases or pests
If the clubbane cactus discards its shoots or rots it at the tips, then the plant is overpoured. Remedy can be provided in such a case, when the cactus is immediately removed from the wet, interspersed soil and planted in new prepared, dry substrate. Before, the rotten roots should be removed. Fortunately, it is not too late, and the plant is recovering in the new earth. Pests are known as follows:
  • Mealybugs that lodge between the sites of each limb
  • These can be sprayed and combated with a mixture of water, detergent and paraffin oil
  • also alcohol helps against the pests
Those looking for a beautiful and easy-care plant for its bright, not sun-drenched windowsill should opt for the clubbane cactus. In summer, the plant also likes to move to a sheltered place on the balcony or the covered terrace. in winter it is ideal on a windowsill in the bedroom or hallway. Except for the location Hatiora salicornioides is a very easy-care plant, which requires little care. Because it is only moderately poured and little fertilized. If it has the ideal location, it thanks its owner with a rich, yellow blossom in spring or even several times a year.

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