A couple of my cacti are still blooming. I think these will be the last flowers on my outdoor plants for this season, so I’m savoring the moment. The Hildewintera flowers are so pretty!
I’ve been waiting for my Hildewintera colademononis to bloom since 2017 when I bought them as small unrooted cuttings. When I bought them, each of the cuttings were no larger than a pinky.
I really like this cactus, probably even more than most of my other cacti. I’m just a really big fan of hanging plants, especially when they don’t have to be grown indoors to thrive.
This Hildewintera loves whatever you throw at it. It loves a good amount of water in summer and also to be kept completely dry in winter. It does stretch if it’s placed in less than ideal lighting and it can burn if given too much direct sun. The placement I chose for it on my balcony seems to be perfect, with direct afternoon sun and indirect light the rest of the day in summer. In winter, when the sun hangs lower in the sky, it gets (weak) direct light all day.
So of course I bought a new plant again. And it’s a whopper, too. The first cactus in the new wall planter (bought the planter today as well) is my old Hildewintera colademonosis and the second one is my new Selenicereus validus. I thought these would go great together on my balcony, since they’re both hanging cacti and need similar care.
The flowers on Selenicereus are huge and spectacular and I can’t wait to see them. It blooms at night, which means I will be home to witness it, even though the flowers only last for a couple of hours.
I just crafted myself a hanging planter for my Hildewintera colademononis to hang it on my balcony wall. It grows at lightning speed right now and the floppy stems were a bit of a hassle to deal with. Hildewintera are cold hardy and will do well out there on my frost protected balcony. Usually cacti have an easier time blooming in spring if they’re subjected to cold (not freezing, though) and are allowed to go dormant in winter.
This Hildewintera colademononis is now massive! I can’t believe how fast it is growing. I need to be careful handling this because every time I pick it up or turn it, I’m poked with its thin and sharp needles and they usually break off, leaving half a spine in the skin of my finger. It works well as a propagating tool when placed next to a sedum, too. Every time I check on the two, I see an impaled bean stuck to my Hildewintera’s spines.
My Hildewintera colademononis has finally started to grow faster after a few weeks of summer sunlight and more water. It’s getting just about 12 hours of direct sunlight every day and I’m watering once every 1-2 weeks. This one is a fast grower when it’s properly established. I got these as small unrooted cuttings in December 2017 and they have doubled in size since then.
I’m starting to give away some of my regular cacti to make room for the ones dear to my heart. So far I’ve given away my Notocactus (the one that flowered constantly), one of my Mammillaria and a golden barrel cactus.
This Hildewintera colademononis is a keeper, though. I love hanging cacti! It is probably too young to flower, but when it does, it’s going to be spectacular.