Rhipsalis

A funny looking cactus.
Common name : Rhipsalis
Scientific name : Rhipsalis spp.
Family : Cactaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Full description for Rhipsalis spp. not yet available.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 11a
Height 15 - 150
pH 0

Identify my rhipsalis

Rhipsalis is a kind of small shrub measuring 15 cm to 1.5 m, which form succulent stems, green, without thorns, very ramified, erect or pendulous. The flowering is discrete, with slightly fragrant hanging bells, and takes place twice a year, in winter and early spring. The flowers turn into small white spherical bays.

Plant my rhipsalis

Plant in a pot, in a light, porous and well-drained culture substrate to prevent the water from stagnating at the roots. In pots inside, place it in front of the windows so that it stays beautiful even in winter, but in summer, shelter them from the burning sun ... In winter, they will prefer a cool room. In summer, do not hesitate to take them out if the conditions are favorable.

Water my rhipsalis

Rhipsalis tolerate infrequent watering, and hate stagnant water. On the other hand, they like to be misted from time to time. The watering rate varies with the season, as your plant "evaporates" more when it receives a lot of light. This rhythm varies from twice a week to twice a month. How to water well? You can use tap water or reclaimed water. Sprinkle slowly in winter, and if you see water in the cup, empty it. In summer water more copiously, without leaving water stagnating in the cup.

Fertilize my rhipsalis

Cactuses can live or survive with very little nutrients! But if you want beautiful vigorous plants, a supply of fertilizer can help. Use a liquid fertilizer, geranium or tomato fertilizer is just fine. The special fertilizer for cacti is almost identical, but more expensive! Fertilize on every other watering during the growing season.

Repot my rhipsalis

Repot at the beginning of the beautiful days, at the end your cacti's winter rest, right before they resume their growth. This allows them to recover from the inconvenience, and to be ready for a new year. If you missed the moment, it's not very a big problem, you can do it all year! Repot your cacti every 3 or 4 years with potting soil mixed with a lot of sand. Know that the growth is related to the frequency of repotting: a cactus never repotted will stop growing! When repotting, remove the old soil and dead roots as much as possible, while being careful not to damage the larger ones, which are alive. To facilitate drainage, place a layer of coarse sand in the bottom of the pot, or even pebbles for large plants. Once the repotting is complete, wait one to two weeks to resume watering, so that the damaged roots heal. Otherwise, there is a risk of rottening the plant.

Check on my rhipsalis

The number one enemy of cacti and succulents is decay due to too much humidity! Do not forget to be reasonable with watering, and especially to give your cactus a well draining substratum! Other fungal diseases can happen, especially botrytis. Do not hesitate to prune the sick parts of the plant to prevent the spread of the disease. Mealybugs and other mites are particularly fond of succulents. Sprays with soapy water will get rid of a large part of them. Do not forget to disinfect your equipment regularly (pots, pruning shears...) to avoid contaminations.

Shelter my rhipsalis

Bring it inside well before the first cool nights, in a room not too heated so that it "feels" that it is winter: 7 to 10 ° C at night without artificial light! You should stop all watering until spring.

Put outside my rhipsalis

Do not hesitate to take out your cactus for the summer! If it has spent the winter in the shade, just avoid placing it directly in full sun, acclimate it more gently ... You should put it back inside at the end of the summer.

Propagate my rhipsalis

Cacti multiply very well by cuttings. Cut a piece cleanly and let it dry a few weeks before putting it in the ground and it's done! Choose a stem that is quite tender, neither too old nor too young and without any trace of disease. Also make sure not to make the mother plant unsightly! With a very sharp knife, select a piece of stem or leaf, at a joint. Leave the cutting outdoors, in a warm place, for a few days to dry. Then put it in a terracotta pot, with a very light mixture composed of a third of potting soil or peat and two thirds of sand. Water and then place the pot in a mini-greenhouse, at a temperature of 15 to 18 ° C, in a well-lit place, warm and moist.

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