Plant ID: Rhipsalis Mistletoe Cactus

Hello Judy,

My name is Igor and I have a house plant that I have been trying to ID for a number of days. I started it from cuttings from another plant and placed them in a vial of water for a few weeks until it made a large enough root system. I then planted it in a rich loamy soil and after a few years it has really taken off. The original plant I started it from was my Grandmothers, and she had planted nearly 45 years ago. She has always called it an Elkhorn Cactus but, when I went online to read a little more about them I couldn’t find any that resembled the plant I have. Hopefully you’ll be able to help me.

Thank you,

Igor L.

Hi Igor,

Your plant is called a Rhipsalis Mistletoe Cactus. Rhipsalis is a genus of epiphytic cacti. The name “mistletoe” comes from the Greek word meaning wickerworks referring to how the plant grows.

Care tips: These plants like medium to bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Rhipsalis plants do not like wet feet. Water in the spring and summer when the top 50% of the soil  has dried out. In the fall and winter, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering. From April to September, fertilize monthly with a cactus plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Use a sharp, sterile scissors to trim the plant. You can start new plants.with these cuttings.