Mistletoe Cactus

Rhipsalis spp.

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Rhipsalis is a genus with around 43 flowering perennials in the cactus family, Cactaceae. They have slender, branched and trailing stems and are native to Central America and the Caribbean with a few Old World species. Commonly known as Mistletoe Cactus, these plants are epiphytes; they live on the surface of other plants and gain nutrients from the air, from rainfall and accumulated debris around them. Flowers are delicate and cream-white to pink-tinged in colour, leading onto vibrant pink-red berry fruits. They are usually cultivated as houseplants or glasshouse specimens as they are frost tender and require high humidity and bright but indirect light.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Propagation

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Central and South America, Africa and various Indian Oceanic islands.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Gravel, Chalk, Sand, Air

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White, Cream

Scent

None
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