Unlike ‘classic’ cacti species that thrive on full sunlight, this jungle cactus species prefers filtered bright light - replicating what light it would be receiving beneath the canopy in the rainforest.
The Mistletoe Cacti’s thin, rounded stems may start life pointing upwards in succulent spikes but will eventually arch themselves downwards and can reach up to 6ft long!
Although not 100% guaranteed, the Mistletoe Cactus can bloom; you may get the added enjoyment of small, studded white flowers along the stems in mid-late summer. Keep your eyes peeled!
Native to regions in Central America, the Caribbean and into the north of South America, alongside isolated populations in Africa and Asia - this is the largest genus of epiphytic cacti (living on other plants without damaging them). They grow commonly on trees, and can also be found in rocky crevices, where air-flow and exposure balance out the high humidity of the tropics.
The name ‘Rhipsalis’ is taken from the Latin word for ‘wickerwork’, and was named in reference to the intricate, thin stems that make up the plant.
This plant, despite not looking like a typical cactus, is part of the Cactaceae family, alongside every other true cactus species.
Other names for this plant include: Jungle Cactus, Wicker Cactus
Light | Growing underneath the canopy in tropical forests, this plant prefers dappled sunlight to intense direct sunlight (as expected with cacti other species).
Water | The Mistletoe Cactus is not reliant on lots of water - so only water when the soil is dry.
Temperature | Like most tropical plants, the Mistletoe Cactus will go dormant under 10℃ - for best growth, keep them in temperatures between 15℃ and 25℃.