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Mistletoe Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Rhipsalis baccifera syn. Rhipsalis cassutha

 

Mistletoe Cactus

Rhipsalis is a genus of epiphytic cacti. They grow mostly pendent, few grow more or less upright or sprawling. They produce flowers that are small, usually about 1 cm in diameter, white or whitish in most species. Yellowish flowers occur in R. dissimilis and R. elliptica and R. hoelleri is the only Rhipsalis species with red flowers. The fruits are always berries, they are whitish or coloured pink, red or yellow. Water freely when in growth, but keep dryer in winter. Mist the leaves regularly with water to increase humidity and make sure the winter temperatures stay above 10°C. The plant is most often found indoors and may simply be mounted on a piece of bark like an orchid or potted in a good cactus mix. Rhipsalis baccifera has pale green pendent stems which can reach up to 9m in length. The stems are very smooth. It blooms sporadically all season long, with the best flushes in mid-spring and again in late summer. The very small yellow to greenish-silvery white flowers are followed by small white fruits.

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plant Features
  • Mistletoe Cactus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Mistletoe Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Mistletoe Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Mistletoe Cactus likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Mistletoe Cactus

Latin name

Rhipsalis baccifera syn. Rhipsalis cassutha

type

Epiphyte

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Mistletoe Cactus likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Mistletoe Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Mistletoe Cactus likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Mistletoe Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Mistletoe Cactus is 0.60meters x 3.00meters 0.60 M 3.00 M

Rhipsalis baccifera syn. Rhipsalis cassutha

Rhipsalis is a genus of epiphytic cacti. They grow mostly pendent, few grow more or less upright or sprawling. They produce flowers that are small, usually about 1 cm in diameter, white or whitish in most species. Yellowish flowers occur in R. dissimilis and R. elliptica and R. hoelleri is the only Rhipsalis species with red flowers. The fruits are always berries, they are whitish or coloured pink, red or yellow. Water freely when in growth, but keep dryer in winter. Mist the leaves regularly with water to increase humidity and make sure the winter temperatures stay above 10°C. The plant is most often found indoors and may simply be mounted on a piece of bark like an orchid or potted in a good cactus mix. Rhipsalis baccifera has pale green pendent stems which can reach up to 9m in length. The stems are very smooth. It blooms sporadically all season long, with the best flushes in mid-spring and again in late summer. The very small yellow to greenish-silvery white flowers are followed by small white fruits.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Mistletoe cacti are easy to grow from cuttings. Take the cuttings and let the severed end callus for a few days. Plant the callused end in a cactus mix or sand that has been lightly moistened. Cuttings root in two to six weeks. Pot on young plants in an orchid or cactus mix and place in semi-shade and water when the surface of the soil is dry.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Autumn

The most common form of propagation for succulents is called vegetative propagation. This involves cuttings, where several inches of stem with leaves are cut, allowed some time to heal and after healing produce a callus. After a week or so, roots should grow. Another method is division which involves uprooting an overgrown clump and pulling the stems and roots apart. The easiest method is to allow the formation of a callus from a leaf or segment.

 
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