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Rhipsalis cereuscula

Rhipsalis cereuscula

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family composed of about 60 species of cacti, some of which are epiphytes, originating in South America, Africa and Asia. They have a hanging behavior, with fleshy stems, often of considerable length, and of various sizes depending on the species, of light green, dark green or bluish color. R. cereuscula has no thorns, has very thin and branched stems, with aerial roots to the axils of the branches, produces small cream-colored flowers. R.cassula produces creamy-white flowers, presents areoe with small white hairs. R. baccifera produces white or yellow flowers, and then small roundish and translucent fruits, which can remain on the plant even for years.

Display and watering

Exposure: it likes very bright positions, but usually not the direct sun, especially in the hottest months of the year, when it is appropriate to shade it. Fears the cold, so it is advisable to keep it even in winter at a temperature around 10-20 ° C.
Watering: for the entire growing season, from April to September, Rhipsalis they need a good amount of water, supplied regularly every time the ground is dry; in autumn and winter it is advisable to guarantee a period of rest by drastically reducing watering. Add cocime for cactaceae to the water of the waterfalls every 15-20 days in spring and summer. If the summer is particularly hot it is advisable to vaporize the plant with distilled water.

Rhipsalis cereuscula: Other tips

Soil: like many cactaceae it needs a very well drained soil, containing coarse, not particularly rich material. Add gravel or pumice stone to the bottom of the pot to avoid water stagnation.
Multiplication: it takes place by cuttings, to be practiced in summer, taking pieces of stem to be rooted in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, to be kept moist until rooting; usually in a few months it is possible to place them in single pots.
Pests and diseases: pay attention to mites and cochineal. An excessive amount of water and a poorly drained soil can favor the onset of root rot.


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