ripsalic / rhipsalis
It belongs to the family of cacti. The fatherland is a tropical belt.
General description : Rhipsalis is a forest epiphytic cactus that naturally grows on trees. Usually it is bred in hanging baskets. Ripsalis has beautiful stems, but usually it is grown similar to flowers. Unfortunately, although ripsalis is unpretentious in order for it to blossom, it needs to provide unmistakable care during a period of inactivity, hardening in summer. A pot with a blooming cactus is better not to move and not to turn.
Usually in room conditions the following types are bred:
Rhipsalis cassutta (Ripsalis emptierium) has long and thin light green hanging shoots, cream flowers, later flowering forms small round white or pink berries.
Rhipsalis paradoxa (strange Ripsalis). Its stems look like chains with links about 8 cm long. It blooms with white flowers.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Ripsalis:
Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.
Irrigation mode : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
Does not love in any way overflowing, nor drying up of the earth. Water with warm water.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Temperature condition : Moderate, in the summer around 18-20 ° C, in the winter it is desirable in no way above 15 ° C, minimum 10 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mixture: 1 share of sod, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of peat land, 1 share of sand. Suitable mash for cacti.
During the period of growth it needs fertilizing once in two weeks with fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Cultivation : Few dried cuttings are rooted in moist soil, usually under a glass jar with periodic airing. Also seeds.
Transplant : Annually, later flowering. The root system is superficial, so the pot is forced to be wide, but not deep.
Pests : Affected by a scarlet flat mite (leaves are sluggish, in rusty spots, appears in dry air), scutes (brown leaves on leaves and stems, leaving sticky secretions).
The plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water, warm washing and spraying actellic (1-2 ml per liter of water).
ripsalic - rhipsalis