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Cactus 'Rat Tail'

Cactus 'Rat Tail'

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The Cactus 'Rat Tail', scientifically Aporocactus flagelliformis 'Rat Tail', is an intriguing and visually distinctive houseplant, known for its long, trailing stems and adventurous spirit. Its elongated, green stems are covered in fine, hair-like spines, resembling the tail of a rat, and during blooming season, it produces vibrant, pink flowers. The 'Rat Tail' Cactus exhibits a cascading and sprawling growth habit. At full growth, this distinctive cactus can reach trailing lengths of up to 3-4 feet.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Aporocactus flagelliformis

Common: Rat Tail Cactus

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 60-85°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Every 6-8 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Rat Tail Cactus prefers moderate humidity levels. If the air is too dry, consider placing a shallow tray filled with pebbles and water beneath the pot to increase humidity around the plant.
  • Provide support for the trailing stems, especially as they grow longer and heavier. You can use stakes or trellises to help support the plant and prevent it from trailing too much.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Cactaceae family, also commonly known as the Cactus family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 1,860 species.
  • Native to Mexico, it is found in various regions throughout the country, particularly in the central and southern parts. This cactus typically grows in rocky areas, cliffs, and forested slopes, where it can trail or climb over rocks or other vegetation.
  • The Rat Tail Cactus is one of the fastest-growing cacti and can reach lengths of up to 6 feet in trailing stems.
  • It's one of the few cacti well-suited for hanging baskets due to its trailing growth habit.
  • Unsafe / Toxic
  • Low Maintenance

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