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Rhipsalis elliptica in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Rhipsalis elliptica syn. Rhipsalis chloroptera

 

Rhipsalis elliptica

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 elliptica comes from Brazil and it is classed as a tropical/subtropical plant, but it can take low temperatures, down to 5°C, which has surprised me. It is also a plant that will flower in the winter. It produces masses of white flowers with a red centre and they last a few days. Unlike some rhipsalis, it produces few berries.

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plant Features
  • Rhipsalis elliptica likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Rhipsalis elliptica likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Rhipsalis elliptica is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Rhipsalis elliptica likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Rhipsalis elliptica

Latin name

Rhipsalis elliptica syn. Rhipsalis chloroptera

type

Epiphyte

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Rhipsalis elliptica likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Rhipsalis elliptica is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Rhipsalis elliptica likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Rhipsalis elliptica 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 Rhipsalis elliptica is 0.60meters x 2.00meters 0.60 M 2.00 M

Rhipsalis elliptica syn. Rhipsalis chloroptera

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 elliptica comes from Brazil and it is classed as a tropical/subtropical plant, but it can take low temperatures, down to 5°C, which has surprised me. It is also a plant that will flower in the winter. It produces masses of white flowers with a red centre and they last a few days. Unlike some rhipsalis, it produces few berries.


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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