Rhipsalis - Care
The Rhipsalis has a very unique look. They have long strings growing directly from their pot. It is a hanging plant and radiates fun vibes. This long foliage can vary from thickness and can also be slightly curled. The colour is green and they can produce adoring white flowers all the way down on their quirky foliage. Once these flowers have bloomed, they turn into little white berries. It almost appears like little snowflakes. Maybe that is where she got her adorable nickname from, ‘Mistletoe Cactus’. If that doesn’t trigger some love, we don’t know what will. ;)
Rhipsalis Plant Care Tips
The Rhipsalis is a very laid back plant that doesn’t ask too much from you. She will be fine in a humidity of 50%, which in most households will be around average humidity. Depending on what country you're from of course. She would like some kind of drainage in her soil. Adding perlite, peat moss and bark to your mix will do the trick.
Light and placement for Rhipsalis
The Rhipsalis prefers to grow in half shadow. She can also tolerate lower light conditions, but it will result in slower growth. If you provide the plant with more light, she will grow faster. But too much light will cause discolour in her foliage. If that happens, you know that it is time to place her in a little bit less bright spot.
The Rhipsalis is a succulent with a tropical origin. She doesn’t need too much water, about once a week should be enough. Always make sure that the soil dries out before watering the plant.
You can provide your Rhipsalis with some nutrition during the growing season. Since succulents grow a little bit slow, you don't have to provide your Rhipsalis with too much nutrition. About half an portion per month should be plenty to provide this beauty with enough energy to grow.
You can make lots of new Rhipsalis plants by propagating them through leaf cuttings. It is best to let them dry for a while, before planting the cuttings. When you see that a callus has appeared around the cutting edge, it is safe to plant your cutting. You can use the same potting mix as for your grown plant.
Most common pests on Rhipsalis
Since the Rhipsalis is a sturdy and resilient plant, the chance of them getting infected with pests is lower than some other plants. Nevertheless, they can still get infected, so we advise you to do a little plant inspection every once in a while. This is also the perfect time to wipe off any dust that has accumulated in your foliage. Keep an eye out for thrips, aphids, spider mites and mealybugs.
Are Rhipsalis poisonous for your pets or children?
Some species of the Rhipsalis are not poisonous to ingest, which means some are poisonous. Since it is not super clear which species are safe, we advise you to be very careful with this plant in urban jungles where children and pets walk around. When ingested, it is best to inform your doctor about it.
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