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Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

Originally the Rhipsalis grows mainly in Brazil, South and Central America. Although the plant also has a long history in Florida. There are only 60 species, but that also makes the Rhipsalis recognizable. You can almost always recognize the Rhipsalis by its elongated leaves. The Rhipsalis belongs to the genus of cacti, which makes the plant a very easy houseplant.

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Rhipsalis

Originally the Rhipsalis grows mainly in Brazil, South and Central America. Although the plant also has a long history in Florida. There are only 60 species, but that also makes the Rhipsalis recognizable. You can almost always recognize the Rhipsalis by its elongated leaves. The Rhipsalis belongs to the genus of cacti, which makes the plant a very easy houseplant.

Rhipsalis

Originally the Rhipsalis grows mainly in Brazil, South and Central America. Although the plant also has a long history in Florida. There are only 60 species, but that also makes the Rhipsalis recognizable. You can almost always recognize the Rhipsalis by its elongated leaves. The Rhipsalis belongs to the genus of cacti, which makes the plant a very easy houseplant.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a month

Air-purifying

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a month

Air-purifying

No extra plant nutrition required

Toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Rhipsalis?

The best location

The Rhipsalis don’t care where you put him. Direct sunlight? It’s fine! Indirect sunlight? Fine, too! As far as that’s concerned, the Rhipsalis is a very easy houseplant. Handy to know: the darker the plant is, the less water it needs. Despite the fact that the plant needs less water, it is more likely to get root rot. The reason? We usually give more water than necessary. Do you put the Rhipsalis in a light spot? Then the plant will, as you might expect, grow faster. The choice is yours!

Watering the Rhipsalis

The handy thing about the Rhipsalis is that the plant only needs water again when the soil has dried up. This is approximately once every 3 to 4 weeks in the summer. It is best to keep a close eye on the plant’s soil with a real heat wave. In winter, the plant only needs water once every 4 to 6 weeks. The Rhipsalis belongs to the Cacti which has ensured that the plant can store water very well itself. It saves you watering again!

Plant nutrition

As with a Cactus, there is no need to feed the Rhipsalis. Although it is best to give it some plant food between spring and summer. Extra nourishment can stimulate growth, which can be quite useful for such a slow grower as the Rhipsalis. Pay attention! It is not necessary for the Rhipsalis to stick to the recommended amount of plant nutrition. We recommend halving the amount so that the plant does not have a surplus of nutrients.

Repotting

The Rhipsalis grows slowly, so repotting is not necessary every year. Once every 2 to 3 years is sufficient. It is best to repot the plant immediately after purchase or in the spring. Use a flowerpot that is at least 20% larger than the previous one. Are you afraid to break the leaf of the plant? Then take the Rhipsalis out of its pot with gloves, a newspaper or an old towel. This will prevent damage to the plant.

Air purifying function

Although Cacti are usually not air-purifying plants, the Rhipsalis is! Although of course the size of the plant does matter. According to NASA the Rhipsalis belongs at least in the list of air-purifying plants. The plant opens its stomata and converts CO2 into oxygen. Handy for you, and nutrition for the plant.

Is the Rhipsalis poisonous?

It’s good to know the Rhipsalis is a poisonous houseplant. Pay close attention as soon as the plant is in the presence of children or pets. If the leaves of the Rhipsalis have been eaten, it is best to contact a doctor directly.

Diseases and peculiarities

Fortunately, the Rhipsalis is not susceptible to pests or disease. Although high humidity can cause fungi or vermin. As soon as a Rhipsalis is near a heater it is best to spray regularly with a plant sprayer. Thanks to the water jet you spray the plant clean and prevent mealybugs, among other things. Doesn’t the Rhipsalis suffer from pests or diseases? Then you can opt for pesticides.

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