Rhipsalis capilliformis


Old Mans Beard Rhipsalis


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Rhipsalis capilliformis


A group of very unusual cactus species, commonly known as Jungle cacti. Unlike the very spiny cacti adapted to the arid regions these harmless epiphytic plants are found in tropical areas, often in forests growing on rock ledges and in trees with the succulent stems drooping down like veils.

The jungle cacti comprises of a group of several genera that has adapted to higher rainfall conditions and forest environments. These plants are often found in association with bromeliads, orchids and other tropical plants.

Plant size: We are offering well-rooted cuttings of about 12 to 15 cm long.


About Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis is a large genus of epiphytic (or lithiophytic) plants in the cactus family, generally known as mistletoe cacti. They are mainly found in Central America, the Caribbean and northern regions of South America, however species are also found in Africa, Madagascar and Asia.

The plants have cylindrical stems, usually with out spines or decorated with fine bristly spines. The stems are pendulous and can hang down several meters in some species. The flowers of Rhipsalis is rather inconspicuous but they are favored for the wealth of stem shapes, sizes and colourations.


Caring for your Rhipsalis

Pot: Rhipsalis species has the natural tendency to droop down and is best suited to cultivation in hanging baskets. Baskets can be hung on the verandah or under trees.

Soil: The plants prefer organic based growing media like normal potting soil (composted bark), larger pieces of bark can be mixed in the medium or placed at the bottom of the container for additional drainage.

Light: Rhipsalis is adaptable to either shadier or brighter conditions. In areas with low humidity the plants should be protected from direct summer sunlight.

Water: Despite the fact that these plants like ample watering, they also have the ability to withstand droughts. Rhipsalis plants are happy with weekly watering and spraying the plants in between creates the tropical environment they prefer.

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