ripsalic / rhipsalis
Refers to the family of cactus. Fatherland is a tropical belt.
General description : Ripsalis is a forest epiphytic cactus, which grows in a natural environment on trees. Usually it is bred in hanging baskets. Ripsalis has beautiful stems, but it is usually grown similar to flowers. Unfortunately, although ripsalis is unpretentious for it to blossom, it needs to provide an unmistakable care during the period of inactivity, hardening in the summer. Pot with a blooming cactus is better not to move and not to turn.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Rhipsalis cassutta (Ripsalis hollow) possesses long and thin light green hanging shoots, cream flowers, later flowering forms small round snow-white or pink berries.
Rhipsalis paradoxa (Ripsalis strange). Its stems look like chains with links about 8 cm long. Blossoms with snow-white flowers.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Ripsalis:
Illumination : Needs bright, but diffused light.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during growth, moderate in winter.
He does not adore in any way the overflow, nor the drying out of the earth. To water with warm water.
Humidity : Needs regular spraying.
Temperatures : Moderate, in the summer around 18-20 ° C, in winter it is desirable not to exceed 15 ° C, minimum 10 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is mandatory. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mixture: 1 share sod, 1 share leafy, 1 share peat land, 1 share sand. A hodgepodge for cacti will do.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Breeding : Little-dried cuttings are rooted in moist soil, usually under a glass jar with periodic airing. Also seeds.
Transplant : Every year, after flowering. The root system is superficial, so the pot must be wide, but not deep.
Pests : It is struck scarlet by a flat tick (leaves are dull, in rusty spots, it appears in dry air), scabbards (brown plaques appear on leaves and stems, leaving sticky discharge).
The plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution, warm rinsing and spraying with an actellite (1-2 ml per liter of water).
ripsalic - rhipsalis