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Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida - mouse tail cactus & pot combination

  • Position: bright but indirect light
  • Soil: good potting compost
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 20cm (including pot)
  • Pot cover: includes a 14.5cm Leon granite-style planter

    The pale green stems of this trailing succulent are smothered in fine bristles, and as the plant matures, small pale yellow flowers could also appear along their length. These may be followed by berry-like fruits, which look a little like mistletoe - hence its other common name of mistletoe cactus. An undemanding plant that originates from Madagascar, it's ideal for a novice indoor-gardener, and as it is supplied with its own pot cover, it's ready to be placed straight out on show as soon as it's unwrapped.

  • Home care: Place it in a bright spot and in spring and summer, water when the compost gets dry, but make sure it never sits in excess water for any length of time. In autumn and winter cut back on the watering but do not let it dry out completely. Avoid a humid atmosphere (no bathrooms or steamy kitchens) and in the warmer months, open a window or door occasionally so it can enjoy the fresh air. Repot every year or two into a slightly larger pot using cacti compost.
Rhipsalis baccifera subsp. horrida - mouse tail cactus & pot combination
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