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.
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