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Chain Rhipsalis
Scientific Name: Rhipsalis paradoxa (Salm-Dyck ex Pfeiff.) Salm-Dyck
Synonym: Lepismium paradoxum, Hariota paradoxa, Rhipsalis alternata, Hariota alternata, Rhipsalis pterocaulis
Family: Cactaceae
Chain Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis  paradoxa)
Rhipsalis paradoxa var. catenulata 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: Southeastern 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.

Chain Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis  paradoxa)

Rhipsalis paradoxa, picture from K. Schumann

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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