Pretty succulent with woody stems




Hello. This succulent belongs to a friend -- I love it and am trying to figure out what it is, so I can locate one for myself or figure out how to grow it from a cutting. I'm thinking this is some kind of "pencil succulent," but I haven't been able to find one with this exact look or woody stem. Any help or advice is appreciated!


Drought Smart Plants reply:

That is a very cool plant - is it the same as this unknown plant or this string beans on a thin draping stem plant?

These are an epiphytic plant known as Rhipsalis, but there are many different species in the genus, many with really unusual stems or leaves.

I don't know for sure what kind of Rhipsalis it is, but it would be worth a try to propagate it.

I would take several stem cuttings and put them in sterilized potting soil that is damp but not soaking, and either put the whole thing into a plastic bag or cover it with a cloche.

Don't leave it in full sun, just a bright warm place near a curtain filtered window.

The Horticulturists secret; blow into the bag and then tightly seal it with a twist tie. The carbon dioxide in your breath will help the cutting stay alive longer, and also prevent mold from growing.

Good luck!
Jacki






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Jul 01, 2011
Thanks!
by: Tmv

It's pretty similar to the first link, but not quite. It's "leaves" look similar but grow like fronds off the branches. It kind of reminds me of a fir tree.

Thanks for the advice -- I'm going to give it a shot. Any suggestions on watering frequency once it's inside the bag? Would a ziplock do, or should I allow some air flow?

Thanks again! Wonder if anyone in the comments will know what it is ...?

Jul 01, 2011
oops
by: Tracy

Just re-read and saw the part about closing it the bag with a tie. Sorry! :-)

Jul 06, 2011
Rhipsalis Salicornes?
by: Carol

Hi,
I did some extensive search to find the Unknown plant last month (Rhipsalis cereuscula). Jackie is probably right in assuming that it is from the same family as mine -- Rhipsalis and the variety looks like it might be salicornes. They have bottle shaped bracts and are segmented similarly to the one I have. It doesn't look like a pencil cactus but to make sure -- you could break a segment to see if the sap is clear or white. If white, it would mean that it is a euphorbia. It does look like a rhipsalis from the photo. The Rhipsalis salicornes develop yellow flowers.
It is a very unique plant you have! C.

Jul 10, 2011
I just got this plant
by: Junebug

I just got this plant from my sister who got it from my grandmother way back in the 80s. I took two cuttings and just planted them in soil with a closed ziplock. Hope this works. This plant produces yellow flowers. I think the other guesses are not correct. I will keep searching.

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