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Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida (Mouse Tail Cactus)

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Scientific Name

Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida (Baker) Barthlott

Common Names

Mouse Tail Cactus

Synonyms

Rhipsalis horrida (basionym), Rhipsalis pilosam

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Rhipsalis

Description

Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida is an epilithic and epiphytic cactus freely branching from the base, later also from towards the apex. The stems are pale green, with reddish-brown bristly spines, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long and up to 0.2 inch (0.5 cm) in diameter. The flowers are whitish-grey to red or brown and up to 0.2 inch (0.5 cm) in diameter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

With its long, elegantly drooping stems and low-maintenance care needs, the Mistletoe Cactus makes an ideal choice for hanging planters. Place your cactus in an area that receives partial to full shade.

Use a gritty, well-drained, slightly acidic soil mix of two parts peat moss and one part sand, with bark chips mixed in to promote soil drainage. Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged, during its growth season, which occurs from the early spring to late summer. Never allow standing water on the surface of the soil, but don't let the soil dry out completely. Let the topsoil dry out between waterings, but not the subsoil.

Apply a balanced, general-purpose fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks during the plant's growing season. Follow any instructions or warnings provided by the manufacturer when applying the fertilizer… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

Origin

Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida is native to Madagascar.

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