Cryptocereus Anthonyanus - Ric Rac Cactus
+ Comes in an 8" plastic pot with hanger.
Native to Southern Mexico, according to wikipedia, this species is named after Harold E. Anthony who first flowered this species in June 1950. The former generic name for the plant was Cryptocereus, which literally meant "hidden cereus", was based on the fact that the species remained long unknown in a region that had been thoroughly investigated by previous horticulturists. Though it does not readily pronounce its spines, this cactus does have them, so be careful when handling the plant, as you may be pricked.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Cactaceae / selenicereus
Selenicereus Anthonyanus / Crytocereus Anthonyanus / Fishbone Cactus / Rick Rack Cactus / Zig-Zag Cactus / St. Anthony's Rik-Rak
As the plant grows it will shoot long stems that are designed to grab onto nearby trees so that it can grow with them in the wild. These stems, or often called stolons, have small root-like structures that help it grip onto the other plants. This plant can grow up to 10 feet tall given the proper conditions.
This does well outdoors in zones 10a through 11b, in cooler zones, these cacti can be raised indoors as houseplants. The optimum temperature that this plant should have is between 50-90 degree F, it can survive in temps as low as 30 degrees F.
Partial shade and lots of indirect light. These cacti are epiphytes, which means that in the wild, they grow on other plants for support (do not confuse them as parasitic plants). If grown as an interior plant, a South facing window will allow it to have about 6 hours of indirect sunlight (make sure to also give it something to lean on). If growing outdoors, plant them underneath a larger plant that it can grow into for support and use as shade. These plants also do not like drafts and they do not like direct sun.
This is considered a succulent vine, so it does not need a lot of water to survive, with that said do not wait until the soil of this plant is too dry before watering it. It can damage the plant and prevent the roots from developing. Unlike desert cacti, these plants need to maintain a little moisture in the soil and will not tolerate being too dry for long periods of time.
Cactus or succulent mix is great for this plant. This plant does not need a lot of space in the pot, and prefers to be root bound.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, they bloom large star shaped flowers. Be forewarned, these are not easy flowers to get to bloom, and most of this is based on the amount of indirect light they receive, it's age, and the right temperature in the home environment. Some tricks of trying to get it to bloom are simulating short days by placing them in dark closets for 12 or more hours at a time for 4-6 weeks.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. These plants grow best from cuttings. You can simply cut off a stem and directly plant into soil. They may seem wrinkly for a couple of weeks while they establish themselves, but they will. Do not overwater them during this time. If the cutting starts to water, you have watered too much.
These are relatively pest and disease free indoors, but can be susceptible to common plant pests like: Mealy bugs, scale, aphid, and spider mite. If outdoors, slugs and snails go to chow town on these, so be careful.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.