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Rhipsalis cereuscula

Coral Cactus, Mistletoe Cactus

This shrubby cactus is perfect for indoor-growers! Its bright green stems are not pokey, but grow long and thin, spilling out over the edge of container gardens. The tips will turn reddish when touched with cold. Be careful where you place it indoors – too much sunlight can burn the leaves.

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Quick Look:
  • Filtered sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Summer

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus”

Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus” is a great cacti to add to your home. It also does well in container gardens and hanging baskets. It is native to Brazil, where it grows beneath large trees. It is used to receiving filtered light this way, so keep this in mind when deciding where to place your planter.

When planting indoors, keep away from windows that receive a lot of direct sunlight. Afternoon sunlight can filter through the window and burn your succulent.

Watering

Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

“Coral Cactus” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It enjoys a more humid atmosphere than most cacti.

How to Propagate Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus”

Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus” can be propagated from stem cuttings. Simply take a cutting from the stem using a sharp, sterilized knife or pair of scissors. Allow it to dry out for a day or two, and then place the cutting in well-draining soilWater when the soil is completely dry.

Pairs Well With

Haworthia retusa

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