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Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis pilocarpa

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Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis (Rhipsalis pilocarpa) at Hoffmann Hillermann Nursery & Florist

Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis foliage

Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis foliage

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Height:  16 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Other Names:  Hairy-fruited Wickerware Cactus


This cactus variety is initally upright but cascades as it matures; green stems are covered in wooly white hairs; fragrant flowers appear in fall and are followed by deep red fruits; a great container or basket plant that will thrive indoors

Features & Attributes

Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis is a small succulent evergreen plant. It is an atypical member of the cactus family known as an 'epiphyte' or 'air plant', which means that it doesn't necessarily require a growing medium for its roots. Like all other cacti, it doesn't actually have leaves, but rather modified succulent stems that comprise the bulk of the plant. This particular variety of cactus is valued for its distinctively arching form on a plant consisting of This plant features showy fragrant white star-shaped flowers with pink eyes at the ends of the stems from mid to late fall.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Hairy Stemmed Rhipsalis can be expected to grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This houseplant performs well in both bright or indirect sunlight and strong artificial light, and can therefore be situated in almost any well-lit room or location. This is a unique plant in that it requires extremely dry, well-drained soil, and it will die if left in standing water for any length of time - in fact it will suffer if it is over-watered. The soil should be allowed to go completely dry to the touch an inch or two deep for prolonged periods, and it may only need watering once every few weeks. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. Like most succulents and cacti, it prefers to grow in poor soils and should therefore never be fertilized. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


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