Rhipsalidopsis – a guest from America, which is well taken root in our latitudes. It belongs to the family of cactus (Cactaceae), but unlike their relatives rhipsalidopsis loves moisture and abundant watering.
Rapsalidopsis – plant with light green leaves and long, drooping branches. leaves form an oval with blunt notches. Propagated by a small aerial roots that are touching the ground root and thus there is a new plant. Usually in the spring on a bush buds begin to appear many of which bloom white star-shaped flowers, pink or red.
Recently, scientists have carried all kinds of plants in the genus rhipsalidopsis hatiora (Hatiora), so many color names can be changed. But the people there is the name “Easter cactus”, and all because of the fact that the plant flowers in the spring, and often coincides with the date of Easter. It is the date of flowering “paskhalnik” distinguished from very similar “rozhdestvennika” blooming in winter. Among other characteristic differences – the form of the leaf blades. In rhipsalidopsis they have rounded edges, and in the “Decembrists” pointy edges. You can also see the difference between plants when flowering, since the shape of the flowers are not the same. In Zigokaktus ( “dikabrista”), so the flowers are not symmetrical as in rapsalidopsisa.
All these features are important to know in order to properly determine the plant and start to care for it according to the rules. If it is determined that you have a growing “paskhalnik”, the next step is to determine the type of rhipsalidopsis, and there are only two: rhipsalidopsis Getnera (Rhipsaliodopsis gaertneri) and pygmy pink (Rhipsaliodopsis rosea). Determine which of the plant species are not of the difficulties, as in the title is the main feature – the size.
Rhipsalidopsis very good look in hanging pots or on the balcony. The plant is easy to care for and unpretentious.
Rhipsalidopsis how to care at home
Rhipsalidopsis originally from the subtropical latitudes, so prefers a lot of light and heat, but direct sunlight affect the plant adversely. It is best to place paskhalnik in the shade or on the north side. In summer you can bring to the natural conditions, if you put a vase on the branches of a tree or somewhere in the shade under a bush.
rhipsalidopsis summer feels good on the street, but with the onset of cold weather you need to bring the plant into the house. In the warm season temperatures can range from 18 to 20 degrees, and winter does not fall below 15 degrees above zero.
Climate subtropics known for high humidity and heat, in such conditions requires rhipsalidopsis. Watering should be frequent, but do not fill the plant. It is important to maintain high humidity in the room via the sprayer.
Transplant rhipsalidopsis need to start practicing after the bud is about the first month of summer. For the preparation of the soil is necessary to use a mixture of peat, leaf soil and sand. Land should be well-breathable, moisture and have an acid reaction. To excess moisture is not retained in the soil and does not harm the roots need to install the bottom of the pot drainage.
To plant was not crowded in the pot, it will need to be transplanted. Rhipsalidopsis desirable transplanted after 3 years in new large pot. The roots and stems are very fragile, so it is important to very gently move them from one place to another. The pots should be chosen not too deep, but wide. Rhipsalidopsis will look good in hanging pots.
Rhipsalidopsis can easily multiply, breaking off cuttings from a mature plant. Cuttings should be dry during the day, and then implant into the prepared soil or sand, which must be pre-moistened.
Pest and disease resistant rhipsalidopsis. If time does not identify pests such as scale insects or flat red mite, the consequences can lead to the death of the plant.