Bootstrap Rhipsalis are flowering plants in the cactus family, all commonly known as Mistletoe Cacti. The Rhipsalis genus comprises over 60 species native to South America. Most are epiphytic (live in trees) and have hanging stems making them excellent hanging basket specimens.
Naturally found in the understory of trees, Rhipsalis prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate direct morning and evening light. The best place to put it is at least a few feet removed from a window, but Rhipsalis is an extremely hardy plant. It can subsist on minimal light for extended periods, especially with some low grade fertilizer. We’ve even seen it subsist on fluorescent light alone! However, if you go the low-light route we recommend recharging your plant in a higher light area every once in a while.
Always be sure to assess your plant’s watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first to ensure it isn’t moist right beneath the surface. Also, consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breathe and allow moisture to be released.
Despite being native to tropical rainforests, Rhipsalis are a type of cactus and as such are still quite sensitive to overwatering. We recommend watering once a week, or whenever the soil becomes dry. They prefer lightly moist, but not wet soil, but ensure they have ample time to dry out to avoid water buildup in the soil that can rot the roots.
Rhipsalis will let you know when it’s thirsty because its tendrils will start to pucker and lose rigidity. If the tendrils turn brown and crispy, you’ve waited too long since last watering, but don’t despair — Rhipsalis are very forgiving plants and will usually bounce back.
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