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Rhipsalis - Baccifera aka Mistletoe Cactus

Rhipsalis - Baccifera aka Mistletoe Cactus


Rhipsalis baccifera is an epiphytic cactus with many slender, pendent, branched stems. In nature, it can reach 30 feet (9 m) in length. Branches are cylindrical, up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter, and arise in pairs or clusters from tips of older branches, occasionally producing adventitious roots. They are green or pale green and sometimes slightly furrowed. Areoles are bristly when young, but otherwise, the stems are very smooth. The solitary flowers are white or greenish-white, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) across, and appear in winter and spring, often numerous along the branches. The fruits are spherical or somewhat elongated berries, white, pink, or red, and about 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) in diameter.


Rhipsalis do not thrive in direct sunlight. Exposure to the afternoon sun can burn the leaves, turn them yellow, or lead to spotting. However, without sufficient sunlight, They will not bloom, and their growth can be stunted. Rhipsalis does best with the morning sun and full shade in the afternoon.


As Rhipsalis is commonly grown indoors, care must be given to the placement of the plants. They should be kept at least 20 inches (50 cm) from windows that receive midday or afternoon sun. 


Rhipsalis is not a drought-resistant plant, so regular watering is essential. Over-watering, however, can cause weak stems and rotted roots



* Picture and information intended only as a guide. Size and colours of plants will vary, not any 1 plant is exactly the same and minor variations will occur.


** All plants will be posted bare rooted.

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