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55 - 65cm Rhipsalis Paradoxa Minor in Hanging Pot 21cm Pot House Plant

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Rhipsalis paradoxa minor, a fascinating and lesser-known variety of the Rhipsalis genus, is distinguished by its unique, delicate appearance, which features thin, green, chain-like stems that make it a standout among houseplants. This epiphytic cactus, originating from the rainforests of South America, is perfectly adapted to indoor environments, making it a popular choice for those looking to add a touch of the exotic to their home or office. Here's a detailed description and care guide to help you nurture your Rhipsalis paradoxa minor.

Description

  • Appearance: The Rhipsalis paradoxa minor boasts slender, segmented stems that cascade beautifully, creating a visually stunning display. Unlike many cacti, it lacks spines, giving it a soft, approachable feel. Its stems are deep green in color, with a slightly translucent quality that catches the light in a mesmerizing way.
  • Growth: This plant tends to grow moderately, forming dense, hanging baskets as it matures. The stems can reach lengths of several feet if left untrimmed, making it an excellent choice for hanging planters.
  • Flowers: While flowering is rare in indoor conditions, Rhipsalis paradoxa minor can produce small, white to off-white flowers, followed by tiny, berry-like fruits that add an extra layer of interest to the plant.

Care Guide

Light

Rhipsalis paradoxa minor prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its delicate stems, so it's best placed near a window that receives filtered light. If you're using artificial lighting, ensure it's not too intense or placed too close to the plant.

Water

As with many cacti, overwatering is a significant concern for Rhipsalis paradoxa minor. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant's growth slows. It's crucial to ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

Humidity

Being a rainforest cactus, Rhipsalis paradoxa minor enjoys higher humidity levels than your typical desert cactus. Aim for around 50-60% humidity. A pebble tray or occasional misting can help increase humidity, especially in drier climates or during winter when indoor heating can lower humidity significantly.

Temperature

This plant prefers temperatures between 18-24°C (64-75°F). It can tolerate short periods of cooler temperatures, but it should be protected from frost and extreme cold, which can damage the plant.

Feeding

Feed your Rhipsalis paradoxa minor with a diluted, balanced, liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Feeding should be reduced or stopped altogether during the dormant period in the cooler months.

Repotting and Propagation

Repotting should be done every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate growth. Use a well-draining soil mix, ideally formulated for cacti and succulents. Propagation is easily achieved by stem cuttings. Simply cut a piece of stem and allow it to callous over for a few days before planting it in a moist, well-draining soil mix.

Tips for Success

  • Rotate your plant regularly to ensure even growth, as it will naturally grow towards the light source.
  • Keep an eye out for pests like mealybugs, which can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • If your home is particularly dry, consider using a humidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels for your plant.

Caring for Rhipsalis paradoxa minor is a rewarding experience that brings a piece of the rainforest into your home. With its unique appearance and relatively easy care requirements, it's sure to be a conversation starter and a cherished part of your plant collection.

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    • Plants are supplied in plastic nursery pots unless stated in the product title.

    • Plants are not for consumption unless stated as edible.

    • Plant heights can fluctuate +/- 10%.

    • Our plants are kept at our tropical nursery in Yorkshire where we maintain an average temperature of 18c.

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