Rhipsalis crispata

Rhipsalis crispata

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Rhipsalis crispata is part of the Cactaceae family and its native range is E. & S. Brazil and are endangered in the wild. This epiphyte has olive green, flattened stem segments with joints; it is very easy to propagate from stem cuttings. 

Genus name comes from the Ancient Greek, meaning 'wicker work', this is in reference to the branches which appear to interlace as they hang. The specific epithet is Latin, meaning ‘wavy’.

Pot: ø 12cm.

Height: Approximately 15cm from base of pot.

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 a small amount of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, horticultural grit and worm castings; you could also add some horticultural charcoal to this epiphytic mix.

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

Temperature: 18-24˚C.

Humidity: Rhipsalis crispata 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.

Rhipsalis crispata is non-toxic.