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Rhipsalis paradoxa

Chain Cactus
Rhipsalis paradoxa

Code: 90672

Price: $12.95

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Family: Cactaceae     The line drawing is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 License

This sought after hanging epiphytic cactus has three-angled stems with the angles and facets alternating between areoles and sharply defined edges. The stem color is light green, later dark green, often with reddish edges. Small white flowers are followed by pale red 2.5 inch berry-like fruit. Hanging down in chain-like clusters that can grow over 6 feet long makes this a great looking epiphyte and ideal for a large hanging basket. It likes a rainforest environment with dappled shade, warmth and humidity. It's not a drought-resistant plant, so regular watering is necessary, but let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. Plant it in a slightly acidic, well-drained potting mix. It will not survive a hard frost, so it should be brought indoors or given protection in winter. Native to Southeastern Brazil. USDA zones 9b to 11

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Keyed Cultural Guide: The following symbols are listed with many product descriptions. If so, they indicate special characteristics or growing requirements. Also, see "Cultural Information".
(B) Hanging
(D) Dwarf
under 12"
(F) Flourescent lights for
indoor light culture
(H) Humid
(M) Miniature
under 6"
(T) Terrarium
(W) Winter

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