Mistletoe cactus is a bizarre and wonderful tropical chain cactus, with thin, spiky, pencil-like stems, small yellow-white flowers and white globular fruit. Very much on trend and great for hanging baskets, so pucker up!
Although Rhipsalis is a cactus, don’t think dry, arid landscapes. These are jungle cactus, native to the hot, steamy rainforests of Central and South America. They need warmth and high humidity.
Light: Bright filtered or dappled light. A few hours of morning or early evening sunlight a day would not go amiss. Avoid harsh midday and afternoon sun.
Water: Keep the soil moist at all times. Rhipsalis are not drought tolerant. Water once the top of the soil has become slightly dry. Ensure adequate drainage.
Temperature: Warm room temperatures of 21-24°C are perfect, with a night time minimum of 16°C.
Humidity: High humidity is required. Mist, sit in a pebble tray or surround with water. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
Feed: A very weak solution of cactus feed once or twice a year in the growing season should be sufficient. View Plant Nutrition
Height and Growth Rate: Rhipsalis heteroclada can achieve heights of 1m, although the stems are fragile so may break off before this point. Average to fast growing.
Origin: Central and South America.
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