Rhipsalis elliptica - Statement Plants

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Rhipsalis elliptica

A trailing epiphytic cactus with unusual flattened, elliptical shaped stems. Small white flowers bloom in winter to spring.

Filtered or dappled sun

Likes to stay moist

Well drained organic soil

Not frost tolerant

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  • Rhipsalis elliptica is an interesting cactus that has long, flattened stem segments that are elliptical shaped. The stems are green, but turn a deep copper colour in very bright light and when stressed. Flowers are small and white, blooming in winter to spring, followed by small pinkish berries.

    Plant Rhipsalis elliptica in a rich organic mix with plenty of drainage, a commercial orchid mix works well, or make your own with a quality organic compost, mixed with perlite and some bark pieces. Rhipsalis elliptica grow best in filtered light, away from direct sunlight. Water when the soil is dry to touch. Do not overwater.


    Rhipsalis chloroptera

    Plant height 10-30cm before trailing
    Plant width Stems can trail to 50cm or more
    Habit Epiphytic cactus, erect then pendant
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Green elliptical shape jointed stems, turning to reddish in bright light or when stressed
    Flower Small white flowers followed by pinkish berries
    Flowering time Winter to spring
    Toxicity Non toxic. Safe around pets and children.