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This plant is native to Central and Southern America and is in fact a type of cactus and the only cactus to be found outside of the Western Hemisphere. It is epiphytic meaning it would be found naturally growing on and around trees in the rainforest. Its scientific name is derived from the Ancient Greek word for "wickerwork," referencing the plant's form. This is a low maintenance and hardy plant making it perfect for both homes and offices.
Neediness: This is a low maintenance houseplant. It will benefit from occasionally dusting the leaves to unblock its pores and rotating to ensure even growth.
Watering: As it is a cactus it is sensitive to overwatering (the roots can rot if kept wet) so just water when the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch. Aim for moist but not soggy soil. This plant will let you know when it is thirsty because the leaves will lose their rigidity.
Ideal location: bedrooms, living rooms, studies, offices, bathrooms and kitchens
Rate of growth: slow growing but in their natural environment tendrils can reach 20ft! They are unlikely to grow longer than can be handled at home. If any of the stems are damaged, trim them with a clean, sharp knife. You can use these cuttings to grow a new Rhipsalis.
Temperature: keep at a normal room temperature.
Pets: this plant is toxic to cats and dogs. See our range of pet friendly plants if your pet is prone to nibbling.
Also known as: Mistletoe Cactus
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