family composed of about 60 species of cacti plants, some of which are epiphytes, originating in South America, Africa and Asia. They have sloping habit, with fleshy stems, often of considerable length, and of various sizes depending on the species, of a light green, dark green or bluish colour. R. cereuscula is free of thorns, has very thin and branched stems, with aerial roots at the armpits of the branches, produces small cream flowers.
R.cassula produces creamy white flowers, has areoe with small white hairs. R. baccifera produces white or yellow flowers, and then small roundish and translucent fruits, which can remain on the plant even for years.
Rhipsalis cereuscula [Vaso Ø12cm]
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Exposure and watering
Exposure: likes very bright locations, but usually not direct sunlight, especially in the warmer months of the year, when it is appropriate to shade it. It is afraid of the cold, therefore it is advisable to keep it also in winter at a temperature around 10-20° C.
Watering: throughout the growing season, from April to September, the rhipsalis need a good quantity of water, regularly supplied every time the soil is dry; in autumn and winter it is advisable to guarantee a resting period by drasitically reducing watering. Add the cockles for cacti to the water of the watering every 15-20 days in spring and summer. If the summer is particularly hot, it is advisable to vaporize the plant with distilled water.
- genus which counts some tens of species of cacti, globose or briefly columnar, originating in South America; the genus is also called Eryosice.
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Rhipsalis cereuscula: Other advice
Soil: like many cacti, it needs a very well drained soil, containing coarse-grained material, not particularly rich. Add gravel or pumice stone to the bottom of the pot to avoid water stagnation.
Multiplication: by cutting, to be done in summer, taking pieces of stem to be rooted in a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, to be kept moist until rooting; usually in a few months it is possible to place them in single pots.
Parasites and diseases: pay attention to mites and cochineal. Too much water and poorly drained soil can lead to root rot.