Rhipsalis baccifera, Hanging cactus. C13

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Rhipsalis Baccifera is an epiphytic cactus with a drooping, branching habit from the base that can reach up to 4 metres in length.

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This genus Rhipsalis, belonging to the family Cactaceae, includes 35 species of cacti native to tropical regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. 

It is commonly known as Disciplinaria de Cuba, Disciplinilla and Cactus colgante. Scientifically it is known as Rhipsalis cassutha and Hariota cassutha. This species is considered native to Central America but has spread to Africa and Madagascar.

They are epiphytic cacti with a drooping, branching habit from the base that can reach up to 4 metres in length. There are no thorns on the areoles but 1-2 white bristles. The flowers are white, small and appear along the stems. The fruits are white or pink spheres and are very decorative.

It is a plant that is used in hanging pots as houseplants, greenhouse plants and on terraces and patios.

This plant can be grown in full sun or semi-shade exposures. The safe winter temperature is 6°C.

The soil can be a mixture of 25% coarse siliceous sand and 75% leaf mould or heath soil.

Water with lime-free water frequently in spring and summer so that the substrate does not dry out completely (never puddle). In summer periodically spray the stems with lime-free water.

Fertilise once in spring with mineral fertiliser for cacti. These plants do not need pruning.

They can be attacked by mites and aphids if ventilation is inadequate and they suffer from drought.

Easily propagated from seeds sown in spring in seedbeds and by stem cuttings in spring.

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Rhipsalis Baccifera is an epiphytic cactus with a drooping, branching habit from the base that can reach up to 4 metres in length.

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