Plant Care Dancing Bones

Dancing Bones

4.7 out of 5 (22 experiences)

Dancing Bones has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dancing Bones has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Bottle Cactus, Spice Cactus and Drunkard's Dream

Taxonomy

Hatiora salicornioides
Hatiora
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Dancing Bones

💦 Water

How often to water your Dancing Bones

Water needs for Dancing Bones
0.5 cups
every 12

Dancing Bones needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dancing Bones

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dancing Bones in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dancing Bones: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dancing Bones love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dancing Bones does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dancing Bones in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dancing Bones

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dancing Bones: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dancing Bones after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dancing Bones is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Dancing Bones Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dancing Bones thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dancing Bones Water Frequency →

Dancing Bones Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dancing Bones requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Dancing Bones Light Requirements →

Dancing Bones Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Dancing Bones Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Dancing Bones prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Dancing Bones Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dancing Bones does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Dancing Bones →

When and How to Successfully Repot Dancing Bones →


💩 Fertilizer

Dancing Bones should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Dancing Bones is native to Eastern Brazil.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dancing Bones has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Dancing Bones →


🌱 Propagation

Dancing Bones can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Dancing Bones →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dancing Bones

Dancing Bones

Dancing Bones


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dancing Bones has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Dancing Bones has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Dancing Bones has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Dancing Bones has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Dancing Bones has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

Medium fast growing plant. Thrives under grow lights. Have to be careful repotting though since this bad boy can be very sharp

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Idahosteve89 avatar
@@Idahosteve89
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 1,328 XP
globe Rigby, ID
09/23/2021

Love this plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@plantmawma avatar
@@plantmawma
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 4,272 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
07/16/2021

I love this lil guy!! I’ve had him for years now and before I became interested in plants he was always looking kinda sad. Once I learned how to care for him he has really come to life. The tendrils sort of flow over the side of the pot and it grows cute little light green spiky ends whenever it has new growth. I love it. Very easy to care for.

Survivor Survivor
@honeyyvoiced avatar
@@honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 9,236 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL
07/15/2021

opened up as soon as I repotted it. super easy to care for

Survivor Survivor
@alysaisabelle avatar
@@alysaisabelle
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 373 XP
globe North Andover, MA
07/11/2021

This plant was left unwatered & away from light for 6+ months. I adopted it a couple months ago and it’s slowly perking back up!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@NishLaursen avatar
@@NishLaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/22/2021

Really interesting looking and feeling succulent. Interested in seeing how well this succulent grows and flowers.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
@toriroma avatar
@@toriroma
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 245 XP
06/03/2021

Low maintenance plant, I’ve had this guy for a while & haven’t gave him much attention until recently. Definitely a great plant to start with as a beginner! :)

Survivor Survivor
@chelalsea avatar
@@chelalsea
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 357 XP
globe Thames, Waikato
05/15/2021

grew very fast, super easy to care for as i have no experience with plants and it’s survived about 5 months now :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Risaree1957 avatar
@@Risaree1957
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,188 XP
globe Tualatin, OR
05/06/2021

Let it dry out between watering. Clooney is a succulent. When transplanting, use cactus and succulent soil.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@Shelbigal avatar
@@Shelbigal
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 343 XP
globe Ithaca, NY
02/23/2021

Super durable and easy to propagate. Has pretty flowers when it blooms

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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