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Rhipsalis
( Rhipsalis )

This epiphytic and rock dwelling cacti have aerial roots and branching stems. Some are cylindrical and others are flat or winged. Flowers are funnel-shaped and diurnal. When grown as a houseplant, mist daily and pot in a cactus mix. Bright light. When the plant is actively growing, water well and fertilize every other watering with a balanced fertilizer.


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Characteristics
Cultivar: n/a  
Family: Cactacea  
Size: Height: 1 ft. to 2.5 ft.
Width: 1.92 ft. to 2 ft.  
Plant Category: cacti and other succulents,  
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance,  
Foliage Characteristics: evergreen,  
Foliage Color: green,  
Flower Characteristics:  
Flower Color: whites,  
Tolerances: drought,  
Requirements
Bloomtime Range: Late Fall to Late Fall  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 to 11  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Dappled to Full Sun  
pH Range: 7 to 5  
Soil Range: Sand to Mostly Sand  
Water Range: Semi-Arid to Moist  

Plant Care



Fertilizing
How-to : Fertilizing Houseplants

Houseplants may be fertilized with: 1. water-soluble, quick release fertilizers; 2. temperature controlled slow-release fertilizers; 3. or organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion. Water soluble fertilizers are used every two weeks or per label instructions. Controlled, slow-release fertilizers are carefully worked into the soil usually only once during the growing season or per label directions. For organic fertilizers, such as fish emulsion, follow label directions. Allow houseplants to 'rest' during the winter months; stop fertilizing in late October and resume feeding in late February.

How-to : Fertilize Monthly

Now is the time to begin fertilizing with a water-soluble fertilizer. Continue through the end of summer.

Light
Conditions : Bright Light for Houseplants

Houseplants requiring bright light should be placed within 2 feet of an eastern or western exposure window or within 2 to 5 feet of a southern exposure window.

Watering
Conditions : Normal Watering for Houseplants

Houseplants that require normal watering should be watered so that soil is completely saturated and excess water runs out the bottom of the pot. Never water just a little bit; this allows mineral salts to build up in the soil. The key to normal watering is to allow the top inch or two of potting soil to dry out between waterings. Check frequently as certain times of the year may dictate that you water more frequently. Also, some plants that require normal watering during the growing season, may require less during the winter months when they are dormant.

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