Rhipsalis pilocarpa or Rhipsalis Red Coral is a tropical cactus that belongs to the Rhipsalis genus. It is a popular houseplant that is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. This plant is known for its thin, elongated stems that can grow up to three feet long and its vibrant red color.
Origin: Rhipsalis Red Coral is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, specifically Brazil, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. It is an epiphytic cactus that grows on trees, rocks, and other vegetation in its natural habitat.
Light: Rhipsalis Red Coral prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.
Water: This plant requires consistent moisture but should never be allowed to sit in standing water. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
Humidity: Rhipsalis Red Coral prefers high humidity levels. Consider placing a humidifier near the plant or misting it regularly.
Temperature: This plant prefers temperatures between 16-27°C. Avoid exposing it to temperatures below 10°C as it can damage the plant.
Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based soil mix for Rhipsalis Red Coral. Consider adding perlite or sand to improve drainage.
Fertiliser: Feed the plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilise during the winter months.
Repotting: Rhipsalis Red Coral does not need frequent repotting. Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant has outgrown its current pot.
Pruning: This plant does not require much pruning, but you can trim back any dead or damaged stems to encourage new growth.
Propagation: Rhipsalis Red Coral can be propagated by stem cuttings. Take a cutting from a healthy stem and let it callus over for a few days. Then, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and keep it moist until new growth appears.
With the right care, Rhipsalis Red Coral can thrive and add a splash of color to any indoor space.