45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant House Plant
45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant House Plant
45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant House Plant

45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant

Lepismium bolivianum, commonly known as Forest Cactus, is a striking epiphytic cactus native to the rainforests of Bolivia and other parts of South America. Unlike typical desert cacti, this plant thrives in humid, shaded environments and is often found growing...
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45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant House Plant

45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant

£89.99 £69.99

45 - 55cm Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant

£89.99 £69.99

Lepismium bolivianum, commonly known as Forest Cactus, is a striking epiphytic cactus native to the rainforests of Bolivia and other parts of South America. Unlike typical desert cacti, this plant thrives in humid, shaded environments and is often found growing on trees. It’s known for its unique, segmented, and trailing stems, making it an excellent choice for hanging baskets. Here are some key characteristics of Lepismium bolivianum:

  • Stems: The stems are long, flat, and segmented, with a green to reddish hue. They can grow up to 90 cm (3 feet) long and have a slightly arching, cascading habit.
  • Leaves: The stems are often mistaken for leaves due to their flattened appearance. They have small areoles from which tiny, hair-like spines and sometimes flowers emerge.
  • Flowers: The plant produces small, white to pale pink flowers along the stem margins, which can be followed by small, berry-like fruits.
  • Growth Habit: It is a trailing or climbing plant, perfect for hanging baskets or mounted displays.

Care Guide

Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum requires specific care to replicate its natural habitat and ensure it thrives indoors. Here are detailed instructions:

  1. Light:

    • Optimal Conditions: Provide bright, indirect light. This cactus can tolerate some direct sunlight, particularly in the morning or late afternoon, but prefers dappled or filtered light similar to its natural forest understory habitat.
    • Low Light: It can adapt to lower light conditions but may grow more slowly and produce fewer flowers.
  2. Watering:

    • Frequency: Water when the top 2-3 cm (1 inch) of soil feels dry. During the growing season (spring and summer), keep the soil slightly more moist, but allow it to dry out between waterings in the autumn and winter.
    • Method: Water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot, then empty the saucer. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
  3. Humidity:

    • Preferred Range: This plant thrives in high humidity, ideally between 50-70%. Regular misting, a humidifier, or placing the plant on a pebble tray with water can help maintain adequate humidity levels.
    • Dry Air: In dry indoor air, the plant may suffer, and the stem segments may shrivel.
  4. Temperature:

    • Ideal Range: Maintain a warm environment between 18-24°C (65-75°F). Protect from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
    • Minimum Tolerance: Avoid temperatures below 10°C (50°F), as cold can damage the plant.
  5. Soil:

    • Type: Use a well-draining potting mix designed for epiphytic cacti or create a mix with orchid bark, perlite, and peat moss. Good aeration is crucial to prevent root rot.
    • pH Level: A slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.0-7.0) is ideal.
  6. Fertilising:

    • Frequency: Fertilise monthly during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser diluted to half strength.
    • Dormant Period: Reduce fertilisation during the autumn and winter months when the plant's growth slows down.
  7. Pruning and Maintenance:

    • Pruning: Trim any dead or damaged stems to promote healthy growth. You can also prune to control the plant’s size and shape.
    • Cleaning: Wipe the stems occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and enhance photosynthesis.
  8. Repotting:

    • Timing: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time for repotting.
    • Pot Size: Choose a pot that is only slightly larger than the current one to prevent excessive soil moisture.
  9. Support:

    • Trailing Needs: It is ideal for hanging baskets, where it can trail down naturally. Alternatively, you can mount it on a piece of bark or wood to mimic its natural epiphytic growth.
  10. Pests and Problems:

    • Common Pests: Watch for spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
    • Common Issues: Overwatering and poor drainage are the most common problems, leading to root rot. Ensure the soil dries out completely between waterings and use well-draining soil.

By following these care guidelines, your Forest Cactus Lepismium bolivianum will thrive, displaying its unique trailing stems and adding a touch of tropical beauty to your indoor space.

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