Forest Cactus - Rhipsalis floccosa

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Scientific Name
Rhipsalis floccosa (woolly wickerwork plant)

Has also been known as Lepismium floccosum, Hariota floccosa, Hatiora floccosa and Hylorhipsalis floccosa

Common Name
Forest Cactus

Forest Cactus

In its rainforest home, this cactus grows in the nooks and crannies of trees, where it is protected both from harsh sun and soggy soil. Unlike its desert cousins, it is not adapted to perpetually dry environments! Ensure when placing it in your home and watering it that it gets bright but indirect light and that it is able to be moist without having waterlogged soil, and it will reward your care with lush green foliage that will bring the rainforest right into your home! This species' foliage grows like thin tubes, hanging down and branching out into a fountain of greenery.

Forest cacti like bright, indirect light; they will appreciate a couple of hours of sunlight per day but not much more, and can tolerate lower light levels too as long as they are watered less in a dimmer spot.


In indirect light to deep shade, let the soil dry out between waters; in brighter, direct light only let the top third dry out.

Average humidity is fine, just make sure it's not too close to a heater.


Use a cactus & succulent mix, or one with added coir or bark for drainage; repot every three years in spring as the plant grows. If it's flowering, keep it pot-bound a little longer to prevent it getting shocked by the move and losing flowers.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Temperatures of about 18-26°C are great- make sure it doesn't drop below 10°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
Rhipsalis may be cacti, but they like more water than their desert cousins; make sure they drain well and aren't left soggy while also not drying out completely- keep an eye on your plant to get the water rightfor it. Yellowing leaves are a sign of too much water, while with too little, the leaves will start to go crispy and your plant stop growing.



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