The Rhipsalis is a cheerful and hairy plant that cannot be missed in your home. The Rhipsalis is not difficult to care for, and is therefore an easy houseplant for everyone. You can recognize the Rhipsalis by the diversity of appearance. You mainly see this in the stems of the Rhipsalis. These vary from thin to thick and from smooth, ribbed and hairy. The Rhipsalis is also often called coral cactus. The plant belongs to the Cactaceae (cactus family) and is native to Africa, some islands in the Indian Ocean and South and Central America.
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Just a short summary:
Little water needed
Repot once every 1/3 years
Leaves/stems are poisonous if ingested
Rhipsalis care & tips
How do you care for a Rhipsalis?
On this page we give you more tips and advice for your Rhipsalis care. Did you know that the Rhipsalis is also a succulent species? However, the cactus does not grow in the desert. But just like the orchid, the Rhipsalis grows as an epiphyte on trees in tropical areas.
It is best to water the Rhipsalis once every two weeks, this is best done with a watering can. Forget to water your Rhipsalis for a week? Then that's no problem. She can go a week without it.
In principle, it is not necessary to spray your Rhipsalis, but this can increase the ornamental value of the product. This is because you rinse any pests and dust from the houseplant. The best way to do this is to use a plant sprayer.
TIP | Water this houseplant in small amounts every time. It is wise to let the potting soil dry out before you water the Rhipsalis again. If you give large amounts of water, the roots can rot and the Rhipsalis will shed its stems. That would of course be a shame.
Where can you put a Rhipsalis? And; can a Rhipsalis stand outside? These are all questions that we will answer you about the best location for your Rhipsalis.
You can take care of your Rhipsalis by placing it in a semi-shady spot in your house. A semi-shade spot is a spot about 2 to 3 meters away from the window, or directly in front of the north-facing window. Rhipsalis originally grows in a tropical climate. In the rainforest you have many tall trees that deprive the Rhipsalis of direct sunlight, so the houseplant has the best result if it is not placed in direct sunlight. You can easily recognize whether your Rhipsalis is placed in a place that is too light, because this will cause the stems of the houseplant to discolour.
How fast does Rhipsalis grow? It is also possible to place the Rhipsalis in a dark place, so the houseplant will need less water here. On the other hand, the plant will grow more slowly than in a light partial shade.
The Rhipsalis does not make many demands on the temperature. You make them happy by placing the Rhipsalis in a room with room temperatures between 15 and 22 degrees.
You can also put it outside, but then it should not be colder than 10 degrees during the day and no colder than 5 degrees at night.
When should you repot a Rhipsalis? Actually, it doesn't have to be that often. The Rhipsalis grows very slowly. We therefore recommend repotting the Rhipsalis every 3 to 4 years. Use a plant pot that is at least 20% larger than the original pot at the time of repotting. If you want to repot your Rhipsalis, it is best to do this in the spring. It is best to use normal potting soil for this, which you can buy at a garden center in your area. Because you use new fresh potting soil, growth will be stimulated. In addition, new potting soil is always provided with new nutrients for the houseplant and as a result it gets new fresh air around the roots. This will make the roots less likely to suffocate and the plant will experience a new growth boost.
TIP | Repotting to a larger pot is not only better for the houseplant, it can also look much nicer. This way you can choose a new decorative pot for your Rhipsalis. Are you repotting your Rhipsalis to a decorative pot of 6, 9 or 12 centimeters? Who knows, there's one among our Kolibri Home decorative pots a decorative pot to your taste! Also place the Rhipsalis in a high pot so that the stems of the plant hang. This causes the stems of the Rhipsalis to grow downwards, which gives a nice effect.
Rhipsalis plants do not grow as fast and therefore require less nutrition than, for example, orchids. In the spring and summer period you can give the Rhipsalis some extra food, in the autumn and winter months this is not necessary.
Rhipsalis maintenance & pruning
The Rhipsalis has many stems that grow from its pot, which give the plant a playful effect. But what to do with discolored stems? Or pruning a Rhipsalis? We explain it to you!
Discolored stems on a Rhipsalis are almost always a sign of improper care. If you give too much water, the stems or the ends of the stems of the houseplant will turn brown. If you see a red color appearing, this is usually a sign of too much light. Then move your houseplant further away from the window.
The stems of the Rhipsalis can become very long and therefore do not actually need to be pruned. By not pruning Rhipsalis, a playful effect is created and the stems will grow in different directions. If you still want to prune your Rhipsalis, you can cut the stems to the desired length.
Does the Rhipsalis flower?
In the wild, especially in the tropical rainforest, the Rhipsalis blooms with many small flowers. The Rhipsalis bloom comes in different colors such as white, yellow, orange and red flowers. This is rare in our environment and at home. If it does flower, the Rhipsalis will produce small white flowers.
There are many different Rhipsalis species. They all have their own external characteristics. Below we tell you more about the Rhipsalis varieties that we have in our range. In our range you will find two different pot sizes, namely 6 and 9 centimetres.
- Rhipsalis bacciferaYou often come across this kind. The stems grow nicely in a ball, but sometimes you see some outliers coming up. With this Rhipsalis species, the stems grow upwards first.
- Rhipsalis Horrida, this Rhipsalis species has somewhat thicker and shorter stems than many other species. They also have white hairs on their stems.
- Rhipsalis Baccifera Improved, this variety is very suitable as a Rhipsalis hanging plant. This is because the bright green stems grow downwards. This creates a nice effect when you hang it up.
- Rhipsalis Burchelli, this species has somewhat thicker stems than most Rhipsalis species. They are dark green in color.
- Rhipsalis Cereuscala Gold, this variety has a fresh and light green color. The stems are usually somewhat shorter and grow with many branches.
- Rhipsalis Mesembryanthemoides, this Rhipsalis species is very cheerful because of the many branches on each stem. It does not have very many stems, but because mouths grow on each stem, it is very full. This variety also has a nice green color.
- Rhipsalis prismatica, this Rhipsalis species has a dark green color with sometimes a somewhat brownish glow. The stems are sometimes less densely populated than in other Rhipsalis species.
- Rhipsalis PilocarpaYou can quickly recognize this variety by its usually long stems. They are dark green in color and have white hairs on their stems. This makes them feel soft.
Is the Rhipsalis poisonous?
Unfortunately, it is true that the Rhipsalis is poisonous. The Rhipsalis is poisonous to both humans and animals, such as cats, dogs, etc. It is therefore also advisable to consult a houseplant or veterinarian when ingesting the houseplant.
You now have all the answers to the question: how do you care for a Rhipsalis? If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact our cultivation experts.
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