The sensational, red, ribboned foliage hangs elegantly from wherever it is grown. It braches freely and you will get the best red/purple colour in bright light (also the best flowers).
In the warmer months, on mature plants, greenish white flowers line the edge of the foliage, they are followed by little, ornamental berries. These create a lovely highlight against the foliage.
Commonly seen in glossy magazines and Instagram posts, Rhipsalis are care free, trailing, epiphytic cacti. They make highly decorative container or hanging basket plants. They grow easily on patios, beneath trees or brightly lit spots indoors. They are really easy to care for and, when suitably ignored, will last a lifetime.
With multiple, advanced plants and 10-15cm growth, these potted, named varieties offer terrific value.
If they don’t get enough light, the foliage will go green. Be sure you keep them out of direct sun though as the foliage will burn in direct afternoon sun.
Rhipsalis are native to Central and South America, where they are epiphytic and live high up in trees.
I SEE THE LIGHT: Bright, indirect light is ideal. You should be able to read during the day in their position in the room without turning on a light. In the hot afternoon sun, they may shrivel and change colour. Indoors they can grow well in offices with fluro lights, for 8-10 hours a day.
I NEED A DRINK: Water thoroughly, then allow the top few centimetres of soil to dry out before watering again. They will cope with a fair amount of neglect, and you will know you have forgotten about them as they shrivel and turn brown/red, but don’t despair, they will quickly pep up when you apologise and add a good dose of water. More water needed spring/summer and winter requires less care. They will tend to rot if left sitting in water – so be careful not to kill them with kindness. They can be sensitive to the chemicals in tap water, so ideally let the water sit out overnight, or use filtered/distilled water.
I WILL SURVIVE: These plants are so easy, they pretty much look after themselves. In pots ensure you choose a cactus/succulent or orchid potting mix for best results as it offers the sharp drainage they need. Choose a pot with decent drainage holes to ensure they don’t end up sitting in water. Ideally add a diluted, cactus/succulent (or any really) liquid fertiliser every other week spring/summer this will get them flowering and growing to their best. Rotate the pot regularly for even growth.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Spring to Summer
Cool to Tropical