Rhipsalis Pilocarpa


Rhipsalis Pilocarpa, aka Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis or Hairy-Fruited Wickerware Cactus, is an interesting epiphyte belonging to the cactus family. The dark green stems and branches are covered with fine, white hairs and can be tinged with red when exposed to very bright, direct light. Its trailing nature makes it a fine specimen for hanging baskets.

They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of late afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.

They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.

They like the soil to be relatively dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 2 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. droopy, floppy, or soft leaves). Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.

They can live in any average home humidity condition and are fairly hardy.

Unlike most other succulents, this plant needs a rather consistent amount of water. Although they are slightly drought-tolerant, it is best to water when the soil feels dry about halfway down (when you stick your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle). They also can't handle strong afternoon sunlight, so a good place to keep your plant is where it can receive lots of direct morning sun and then partial shade in the afternoon, but still being about 20in away from the window.

The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.

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