Also known as the ‘rice’ or ‘coral’ cactus, Rhipsalis are a family of cacti that grow epiphytically in their native tropical forest environment. There are over 35 different species of Rhipsalis, so they can come in all different shapes and sizes. This cactus has pencil thin succulent stems that with maturity can grow up to 6 feet in length. The thick skin of the stems does not produce thorns, but imperceptible bumps can be found on the surfaces of these plants. It prefers bright indirect light for best growth, but can adapt to low light settings for extended periods of time.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Scientific Name: Rhipsalis Cereuscula
- Common Name: Rhipsalis, Rice Cactus, Coral Cactus
- Family: Cactaceae
- Native Range: Central and Southern America
Ed's Care Guide
- Light: Prefers bright, indirect light, Best plant at least a few feet removed from a window. Can tolerate minimal light for extended periods of time
- Water: Prefer lightly moist but not wet soil. Water when soil dry only. Cut back on watering during fall and winter.
- Humidity: Average
- Temperature: Above 50F
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Fertilize with a half dilution of cactus food during spring and summer, once per month at most.
- Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets. However, with all plants, we recommend you exercise caution with children and pets.