Rhipsalis Rhipsalis

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Rhipsalis Rhipsalis
Rhipsalis Rhipsalis
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Family of cactus. These are epiphytic cacti, there are more than 35 species in the genus. Homeland - South America. Rhipsalis are widespread, both among cactusists and among those who grow a variety of indoor plants.

Rhipsalis are forest cacti, care for them is special, but they are rather unpretentious. Ripsalis look very impressive in hanging baskets or pots. Ripsalis usually bloom for Easter, i.e. flowering occurs in April - May.

Ripsalis can be quite different in appearance. There are three barrel shapes: round, angular and flat. Some Ripsalis have very thick stems, like sausages, while others are thin as strings that break off easily. In most species, thorns are absent, or present only on young shoots.

  • Rhipsalis pilocarpa Rhipsalis pilocarpa - stems are more powerful and stiff, they do not branch very strongly and are covered with short yellowish hairs. It blooms 2-3 times a year under suitable conditions. At the same time, it blooms quite abundantly with large yellowish flowers. The flowers have many petals and stamens, which makes them seem fluffy.
  • Rhipsalis cereuscula Rhipsalis cereuscula - The stems consist of thin, fleshy and short segments that branch well. We can say that the plant consists of thin sticks. It can take both an ampelous form and take a tree-like appearance, but then it needs to be tied up. In indoor conditions, it blooms very rarely.

Ripsalis care


Temperature: Contain ripsalis at moderate or slightly cool temperatures around 18-20 ° C, in winter in cool conditions, preferably no higher than 15 ° C, at least 10 ° C.

Lighting: The place should be bright, especially in winter, but shade from direct sunlight is required from 11 am to 4 pm. Grows well on the east windowsill or near the south or west window.

Watering: With the appearance of buds, and flowering occurs in the spring and summer months, water a little more moderately - the earth should have time to dry out in the upper half of the pot. Then watering is gradually reduced and during the winter months the soil is watered very limitedly, the land should dry out almost completely.

Fertilizer: They are fed from April to August with a special complex fertilizer for cacti, every two weeks.

Air humidity: The leaves are periodically sprayed, which is necessary not only to maintain humidity, but also as a hygienic procedure.

Transfer: Transplanted after flowering. The planting container should not be deep. Soil - 1 part sod, 1 part leaf, 1 part peat land, 2 parts sand and brick chips. Good drainage is a must. You can use a commercial soil mixture for cacti, the pH of the soil is slightly acidic, Ripsalis does not tolerate alkaline soil.

Reproduction: Cuttings and seeds. Ripsalis cuttings usually root easily at any time of the year. After cutting, the cuttings are slightly dried and placed without burying them on wet soil (a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts).

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