Rhipsalis | Plant Care Guide

The Rhipsalis is in fact a member of the cacti family, however, unlike his sun-loving cousins, he can’t tolerate direct sunlight as his coral-like stems with burn and brown.

He will treat you to rapid growth in the warmer months and over time, grow long to trail down rather than only bushing out. Taking time to really look at the amazing details of his crazy leaves is one of the best ways to kill time and learn more about him.

Difficulty level – easy

Light

Medium to bright indirect sunlight or outdoors in full shade. He will easily burn if he’s exposed to direct sun or extreme heat from a window.

Water

Water only when the soil has completely dried out otherwise the roots can easily rot with too much moisture. Feel the weight of the pot, stick your finger into the soil (up to your second knuckle) or use a moisture thermometer. The number one killer of plants is overwatering so we like to let them dry completely then give them a good drenching of water, allow all the excess to drain away and he will be happy as larry for ages. You will find in winter that they will hardly need any watering at all.

If you are giving small amounts of water when you think the plant needs it but it starts looking a tad sad or not absorbing any water, try placing it in a tray of water and pour room temperature (not cold) water into the top of the pot. You will likely see bubbles which means there are pockets of air in the soil that don’t allow the soil to absorb water. Continue filling the pot from the top until you can’t see any more bubbles. Keep the pot in the tray of water overnight to give it a chance to soak up water from the roots. You can use this trick on all plants that have stopped retaining water or always seem thirsty.

Maintenance

During the warmer months, they like a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff, like Seasol, every second or third month and use slightly less than the packet recommends. When you pour your Seasol solution be sure to avoid pouring onto the leaves as they can easily stain and discolour.

When if you start to see roots coming out the base of the pot (through the drainage hole) then it is time to upsize and give him a slightly bigger home (a pot about 2 to 3 inches bigger).

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