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Mistletoe Cactus
Scientific Name: Rhipsalis baccifera (J.S. Mueller) Stearn
Synonym: Rhipsalis suarensis, Rhipsalis hookeriana, Rhipsalis hylaea, Rhipsalis madagascariensis, Rhipsalis minutiflora, Rhipsalis neocassutha, Rhipsalis parasitica, Rhipsalis parasitica, Cactus pendulus, Rhipsalis pilosa, Rhipsalis baccifera ssp. rhodocarpa, Rhipsalis undulata, Rhipsalis suareziana, Rhipsalis heptagona, Rhipsalis cassytha var. rhodocarpa, Rhipsalis cassuthopsis, Cassyta baccifera, Cassytha filiformis, Rhipsalis bartlettii, Rhipsalis caripensis, Rhipsalis cassutha, Rhipsalis cassytha, Rhipsalis cassythoides, Rhipsalis dichotoma, Hariota fasciculata, Rhipsalis fasciculata, Cactus fasciculatus, Rhipsalis baccifera ssp. fasciculata, Cactus caripensis
Family: Cactaceae
Mistletoe Cactus (Rhipsalis  baccifera)
Rhipsalis baccifera in a New York Botanical Garden greenhouse
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender, needs protection on coldest nights

Sun Exposure: Light shade to shade

Origin: Florida, Mexico to Brazil

Growth Habits: Hanging epiphytic cactus, stems to 6 feet long (1.8 m)

Watering Needs: Water freely in spring and summer

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

Grow Rhipsalis in a porous soil, to which you have added peat or sterile leaf mold. Fertilize occasionally. Water abundantly during the growing season, and particularly when the plant is blooming.
The species name "baccifera" comes from the Latin for "bearing berries".

Cultural Practices:
Use orchid type compost, slightly acid.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

Cuttings root in 2 to 6 weeks depending on the season


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