Think of its natural origins to get the most out of your Rhipsalis. The fascinating Rhipsalis is an epiphytic cactus native to Central and Southern America. With over 35 species you can find it in many different shapes, textures and flowering colours. It is also known as the Mistletoe Cactus and needs very little care, just a few tips to keep it growing happy.
Get the most out of your Rhipsalis with the correct water levels
The epiphyte Rhipsalis grows on other plants without other plants to bother. Rhipsalis gets its water and nutrients from the air. So as it uses the support plants to grow, it doesn't take anything from that host plant so they can grow very well together. So when you are growing them at home, there is no need for the soil to be wet, just lightly moist and a misting will keep them happy, just as though they are in their natural environment. Like many plants, you will know if the water levels are too little or too much. If too little you might find some brown patches, and when it is ready for more water they look a bit limp. With the correct levels, Rhipsalis can thrive for many years.
Know the correct light levels to get the most out of your Rhipsalis
Think of your Rhipsalis growing from a tree in a rainforest canopy. There are actually low levels of light underneath the trees and large foliage. When you grow these at home, definitely don’t put them in direct sunlight, they will cope very well in low light levels with a burst of light now and again. So, in fact, Rhipsalis can be a great hanging plant for a tricky corner in your home. Morning sun is best and not too close to a window.
Get the most out of your Rhipsalis with potting and feeding
When you purchase your first Rhipsalis, there is no need to repot or change the growing medium for a good year or even more. When it does need repotting, you can use a cacti potting mix or use a houseplant compost but mixed with orchid bark, sphagnum moss or coir. Good drainage is imperative, and your Rhipsalis should never sit in water or wet soil.
How to display your Rhipsalis to get the most out of it
As Rhipsalis trails, they look great in a pot that can hang from your ceiling or a shelf. Ideal for bathrooms where they will enjoy the humidity or bedrooms in a macrame pot hanger. Let them trail over the edge of a shelf or desk and enjoy watching them grow.
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