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Cactus Succulent

Pfeiffera boliviana

An epiphytic cactus, with flattened, narrow, trailing green stems to 1m long, angled at the midrib and alternately scalloped at the edges. From spring to summer it produces funnel-shaped white or pink flowers from the areoles

Synonyms
Lepismium bolivanum
Lepismium bolivianum
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green White Pink
Summer Green White Pink
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Cactaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Pendulous weeping, Trailing
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Bolivia

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a free-draining, epiphytic cactus mix in bright filtered or indirect light with moderate to high humidity. Mist daily in warm weather. In growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 3 or 4 times; water sparingly at other times. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 19-24°C in spring; root stem sections in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • hanging basket
  • Houseplants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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