Tips for caring for Rhipsalis baccifera

Tips for caring for Rhipsalis baccifera

How is Rhipsalis baccifera watered?

  • Water all year round
  • Never let the root ball dry out completely
  • Avoid waterlogging
  • Use lime-free water

Rhipsalis baccifera is poured throughout. The root ball must not get too wet, but also never dry out completely.

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Since Rhipsalis generally does not tolerate hard water, only use rainwater or softened tap water for watering.

Rhipsalis baccifera prefers a slightly higher humidity. You should therefore occasionally spray the cactus with some decalcified water.

Is fertilization necessary?

So that the rush cactus begins to bloom, fertilize it with liquid fertilizer every two weeks. As soon as the first flower buds can be seen, stop fertilizing. It is only fertilized again after it has faded.

When is repotting indicated?

Rhipsalis baccifera does not need a larger pot that often. Nevertheless, you should take the cactus out of the pot in spring and replace the substrate with fresh soil.

After repotting, Rhipsalis baccifera should not be fertilized for several weeks.

Can you cut Rhipsalis baccifera?

Cutting is not necessary. If the shoots become too long, you can shorten them. Cut them back by a maximum of two thirds in spring.

The cut shoots can be used for reproduction. They have to dry for several days before mating.

Does Rhipsalis baccifera need a winter break?

Rhipsalis baccifera does not take a winter break. You can care for the cactus all year round at room temperature. But you shouldn't put it right next to the heater in winter.

Which diseases and pests can occur?

If the root ball is kept too wet, the roots will rot and later the whole cactus. Therefore, do not leave any irrigation water in the coaster.

Spider mites are more common, especially when the humidity is low. They can be recognized by the small webs that form on the shoots. Treat an infestation immediately.


Rhipsalis baccifera is quite easy to get into bloom if you allow for different temperatures during the day and night. The flowers appear in early spring and give off a strong, pleasant scent.