Lepismium cruciforme (Red)

Lepismium cruciforme (Red)

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Lepismium cruciforme is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is Brazil to NE. Argentina. It grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte in humid forests such as the Atlantic forest. Stem segments are able to freely root, they are somewhat branched and will become flushed when exposed to bright light or is stressed.

Genus name comes from the Greek ‘lepis’, meaning ‘a scale’, and refers to the small scales set beneath the areole. Specific epithet means ‘cross-form’.

Pot: ø 21cm.

Length: Approximately 70cm.

Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. In its natural environment this plant would receive dappled light. 

Water: With adequate light and a well draining potting mix, allow the top two inches to dry out before watering.

Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings; you could also add some horticultural charcoal to this epiphytic mix.

Fertilising: Feed your plant with a cactus fertiliser every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 15-25˚C.

Humidity: Lepismium cruciforme would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.