Rhipsalis Cactus

Rhipsalis Cactus

Varieties

Rhipsalis cereuscula (Coral Cactus) / Rhipsalis crispata / Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa (Red Mistletoe Cactus)

Origin

Native to Central and South America 

General Care

Light

Bright filtered to bright. Tolerates direct morning sun. 

Temperature

15-24°C. Keep above 10°C.

Humidity

Average to higher. For extra humidity: mist 2 times per week to daily, place pot on moist pebbles in a tray, group with other plants, or, introduce a humidifier.

Water

Weekly. Water thoroughly until moist but never wet, spring through fall. Water more sparingly in winter. Allow soil to dry partially between waterings. Always check soil moisture before watering; and aerate soil to improve soil condition. 

Fertilizer

Every 2-4 weeks (at onset of buds until flowered). Use organic tomato-type fertilizer, according to packaging instructions. 

Maintenance

Every 1-2 weeks, rotate plant to ensure even growth. Every 1-2 months, mist heavily to free accumulated dust and inspect plant for pests, when doing so. Trim unsightly or unruly segments with sterile shears.

Potting and Repotting

Peat-based potting mix. Every year (spring) move plant into a planter 1-2” larger (diameter and depth); or, repot in the same planter, using new potting mix, after cleaning planter and partially trimming back roots and foliage.  Treat delicate segments with care.

Special Points/Common Problems: 

  • Puckering or soft tendrils may suggest underwatering. 
  • Shedding or falling growth may suggest insufficient light. 
  • Growth turns red/purple when exposed to direct light.
  • Segments may grow to great lengths (up to 20’). Pot-up 2-3” segments or a cut branch, pressing into cactus potting mix. Treat as mature plants.