Rhipsalis - Cruciforme
- Botanical Name: Lepismium Cruciforme
- Origins: Brazil, Paraguay
- Light: Low Light
- Watering: Every nude celebs 8+ Days
- Growth Speed: Slow
- Grower: Average
- Style: Table Top, Hanging
- Home Decor: Contemporary
- Variety Code: 547
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Product Description - CruciformeRhipsalis is a genus of over 60 South American species, mostly of epiphytic cacti. Some species are commonly found in tropical Africa, Madagascar and Sri Lanka, but it is probable that they have been introduced. The genus name comes from the Greek for 'wicker', in reference to the flexible branches of some species. Many have hanging stems, sometimes over 6 feet long. Areolas are small, generally without spines, but often with hair replacing them. With cascading stems and branches that may be cylindrical, flat or angled, these tree-dwelling jungle cacti are suited to display in hanging baskets. Their branches have small areoles with hairs or bristles but usually lack spines; most rhipsalis species have aerial roots. Numerous small flowers up to 3/4 inch in size last from one to eight days. Because tiny berry-like fruit follows, Rhipsalises are often called Mistletoe Cacti.
Plant CareRhipsalis likes shade and some humidity, but in general, will take temperature close to freezing for short periods. The soil mixture should be rich in organic matter and well-drained. They are well adapted to baskets. A daily spray of water will be appreciated by most of the species that like a high humidity. Mistletoe cacti grow best indoors with four hours of bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight daily, or 10 to 12 hours of moderate artificial light. From spring through fall, provide night temperatures of 50 to 65 degrees and day temperatures of 70 to 85 degrees; in winter, provide night temperatures of 50 to 55 degrees and day temperatures under 65 degrees. Higher winter night temperatures encourage stems to grow rather than flower buds.
Maintain relatively high humidity. Keep the growing medium evenly moist and fertilize every two weeks from spring to late summer with a low-nitrogen house-plant fertilizer such as 5-10-10 diluted according to directions on the label. During the summer, mist plants weekly. For the rest of the year keep the soil drier and do not fertilize the plants. Repot crowded plants in the spring, or propagate from cuttings or by dividing plants. Mistletoe cacti can be hung outdoors in the shade year round in Zone 10. Elsewhere they can spend the summer under trees but must be brought inside in early autumn.