Lovers of fat plants are constantly increasing, it is becoming a fashion at times but still welcome as long as it comes to increasing the green present in our life and in our territory. There are nice succulents, succulents that are easy to grow and then there are those with special powers like that Rhipsalis. This vegetable just seems to have a anti-stress effect, to free ourselves from the tensions of the day and to keep away the future ones that await us around the corner. No, it's not an urban legend, there are researches on it that prove it. It is therefore time to learn more about this plant and the tricks for cultivating our serenity in pots.
This plant belonging to the Cactaceae family can be distinguished by its intense green and, strange but true, integrally without thorns. Its shape arouses sympathy, it looks like a disheveled head. On closer inspection, many small fleshy cylindrical filaments emerge from the vase which then descend forming a generous green cascade. The surprises are not over, indeed, just when it is not expected, in winter, Rhipsalis produces small star-shaped flowers and white, or other colors, right at the end of each stem.
There are several varieties of this plant native to sunny and warm places that grows spontaneously in Central America, in the Caribbean and is characteristic of the Mata Atlantica of Brazil. Let's see the main ones.
- Rhipsalis cereuscula, a species devoid of thorns and with very thin and branched stems with small cream-colored flowers.
- Rhipsalis baccifera, a species that produces small white or yellow flowers that become rounded and translucent fruits that can remain on the plant even for years.
- Rhipsalis pilocarpa a species with main stems up to 80 cm long and characterized by numerous ramifications, with long and silky hairs. Its flowers are very fragrant.
- Rhipsalis capilliformis one species is characterized by very thin long stems and with numerous ramifications long from 20 to 40 cm.
- Rhipsalis paradoxa an epiphytic cactus with long hanging stems native to Brazil. It can be hung in baskets and is very easy to grow.
Rhipsalis: anti-stress plant
Not all varieties of this plant have the magical anti-stress powers we mentioned earlier. If we want to benefit from this effect we absolutely must choose the Rhipsalis Cassutha, hanging and bushy species and has light green branches, even half a meter long. This is the decorative evergreen enemy of stress, according to research byUniversity of Surrey, in England.
How to grow rhipsalis
Fortunately, even non-experts can let themselves be taken by enthusiasm and buy a plant like Rhipsalis to bring a little carefree indoors and take care of stress because it is not at all difficult to grow. The care it needs are very few and in our country, in our latitudes, it can be safely grown even in an apartment, the important thing is that it is exposed north and close to the light. What we need to watch out for are cold blows that can damage its growth and even kill it.
Let us remember that it does not tolerate drafts at all and to make it feel at ease you need a temperature of about 10 ° -20 ° C. As for the soil, the one most suitable for all Cactaceae must not be particularly rich but above all we control that it is well drained for avoid water stagnation. For the same reason it is advisable to create a layer of expanded clay or gravel or pumice stone mixed with sand and earth on the bottom of the vase.
Rhipsalis: how much and when to water it
When we are about to water the Rhipsalis let's remember where it comes from. From tropical areas, that's right, and this must lead us to think that it really needs a lot of water and an environment with a high level of humidity. So, even though we may not be large green thumbs, we must still remember to water our plant frequently, abundantly from April to September but waiting for the soil to dry between one irrigation and the next.
Indicatively we can water it twice a week but as soon as autumn arrives we must immediately decrease to avoid rotting it. Woe to let the roots remain soaked in water. If we want abundant flowering, we can add to each watering of the fertilizer for cacti, well diluted.
It may happen that a friend seeing our beautiful Rhipsalis and the effect it has on our mood, may wish to have one in their own home. At this point we just have to multiply ours. It is easy to regenerate through cutting. In summer we have to take a piece of stem, leaving it to root in a mixture of sand and toba and within a few months we will already be able to see several plants.
Rhipsalis: price and where to buy it
If we feel a little stressed and want to try if this plant works, with just a few clicks we can have it brought to our home. Just the magic variety against stress can be purchased on Amazon with 30 euros.
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