PRO TIP: Rhipsalis will let you know when it’s thirsty because its tendrils will start to prune and lose rigidity. If the tendrils turn brown and crispy, you’ve waited too long, but don’t despair. Rhipsalis are very forgiving plants.
Rhipsalis, an epyphitic cactus, grows wild in the understory of trees. It prefers bright, indirect light, and can tolerate direct morning and evening light. The best place to put it is at least a few feet away from the window. However, rhipsalis is an extremely hardy plant that can subsist on minimal light for extended periods, especially with some low grade fertilizer. We’ve seen it subsist on fluorescent light alone, so if you’re feeling adventurous you can try it in different spots around your space. However, if you go the low-light route, we recommend recharging your plant in a higher light area every once in a while.
If you are unsure of the lighting conditions in your home of office, we have a guide for how to measure light in your space.
PRO TIP: Native to a tropical environment, rhipsalis appreciate a good misting now and again. Consider working in a misting bottle to your watering routine.
Being a type of cactus, rhipsalis are sensitive to overwatering. We recommend watering once a week, or whenever the soil becomes dry. They prefer moist, not wet soil. Just remember that stagnant water in the container can lead to rotting of the roots.
Rhipsalis gets a little wrinkly if it’s thirsty, so be on the lookout. If the tendrils become brown and dried out, it’s probably not getting enough water.
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