Rhipsalis: Houseplant of the month of November

The story of Rhipsalis

Very special: Rhipsalis is actually a cactus, but without stimulating traits. This houseplant is a fast grower that hangs down in long, muddy tendrils or grows bushy upwards. Deep green from above, somewhat thinner at the ends, beautiful for exciting vistas and table tops. The plant is also called rock coral and is as good as maintenance free. Rhipsalis saves itself nicely with forgetful water generators, does not fall out and is under ideal circumstances a richly branched beauty.


Rhipsalis is a tropical succulent that is native to rain forests in Central and South America, Africa and on a few islands in the Indian Ocean. It is the only cactus that grows in the wild outside North and South America. There are about 60 different species, most grow on tree trunks. In the wild they bloom with lots of small white, yellow, orange or red flowers, which become pollinate berries, in the living room this is rare. The jungle background of Rhipsalis makes it a residential plant with air-purifying properties, according to research by NASA.

Choice of assortment

Rhipsalis is available in many varieties, from compact plant for table with coral-like green (R. pilocarpa) or a muddled green wig (R. cassutha) to hanging plant with long tendrils (R. baccifera). The leaf can grow in the form of slightly twisting ribbons into a kind of green spaghetti. All types are offered in different sizes, from small to large.


Care tips

  • The plant likes to hang in a bright spot and can even have full sun, but also thrives on less light.
  • The root ball may pour in moderately between irrigation cycles - on average once a week - a little dry. If Rhipsalis is hanging in the sun, it needs a little more water. He also likes to spray one time.
  • Once a month a little plant food.
  • If the tendrils grow too long, they can simply be cut in style again.

(source: Bloemenbureauholland.nl )

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