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Care of the plant Rhipsalis pilocarpa or Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis.

Care of the plant Rhipsalis pilocarpa or Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis

The genus Rhipsalis, family Cactaceae, comprises 35 species of cacti native to tropical regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Some species are: Rhipsalis pilocarpa, Rhipsalis pachyptera, Rhipsalis baccifera, Rhipsalis cassutha, Rhipsalis oblonga, Rhipsalis puniceodiscus, Rhipsalis burchellii, Rhipsalis rosea.

Common names: Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis, Hairy-fruited wickerware cactus. Scientific synonyms: Ripsalis peluda, Erythrorhipsalis pilocarpa. This species is native to Brazil.

They are epiphytic cacti with a pendant bearing and cylindrical stems that reach 40 cm in length. The woolly areolas are oval and have 3-10 whitish spines. The flowers are white, 3-4 cm in diameter and appear at the end of the stems. The fruits are red and very decorative.

They are used in hanging pots as indoor plants, greenhouses and on terraces and patios.

Rhipsalis pilocarpa can be grown in full sun or semi-shade exposures. The winter safety temperature is 6ºC.

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

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

Fertilize once in spring with mineral fertilizer for cacti.

They do not need pruning.

They can be attacked by mites and aphids if ventilation is not proper and they suffer from drought.

They propagate easily by seed or stem cuttings in spring.

Images of the plant Rhipsalis pilocarpa or Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis pilocarpa
Rhipsalis pilocarpa
Rhipsalis pilocarpa
 

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