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Rhipsalis pilocarpa
  • RHS AGM

hairy-fruited wickerware cactus

R. pilocarpa is an epiphytic cactus with slender cylindrical stems to 45cm, bearing whorls of branches in the upper part; white flowers 4cm across are followed by deep red berries

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver White
Summer Green Grey Silver Red
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Cactaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Rhipsalis are epiphytic perennials with branched stems that may be cylindrical, winged or leaf-like, and small funnel-shaped flowers followed by berry-like fleshy fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SE Brazil

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in an epiphytic cactus compost in bright indirect light and high humidity. Mist daily with soft water. Water moderately when in growth and apply a dilute low nitrogen fertilizer monthly. Keep just moist in winter

Propagation

Propagate by seed or stem section cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can be attacked by mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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