Lepismium cruciforme "Hurricane Cactus" 6"
Lepismium cruciforme or Hurricane Cactus is an epiphytic cactus with long, fleshy segmented stems and short white tufts of hair, but no spines. The stems vary from flat, to angled, to corkscrew. Flowers bloom along the sides of the stems and often line the entire length of the stem on both sides. Several Lepismium species feature colored flowers and other have white flowers, either of these turning into bright colored fruits later on. Stems will turn a deep shade of pink in bright sun. Clusters of tiny yellow or white flowers will bloom intermittently.
- Light - part sun
- Propagation - cuttings
- Soil - succulent mix
- Toxicity - non toxic to pets
- Watering -water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As will the bloom state.
Light: Rhipsalis require very bright but mostly indirect light. Placement near an East or West facing window is ideal.
Water: Water the soil thoroughly once it becomes about halfway dry. Do not allow roots to sit in standing water.
Environment: Although they are succulent-like, Rhipsalis plants prefer considerably more humidity than the typical desert succulent. Added supplemental humidity through the winter months is beneficial. Use a succulent or other similar well draining soil mix. Temperatures should be kept above 50 degrees fahrenheit.
Toxicity: Reported to be toxic to cats and dogs.
- As epiphytic plants, the roots are fairly shallow and serve mostly to simply anchor the plant.
Keep an eye out for common pests like mealy, scale, and spider mites. If the infestation is small, it can be taken care of simply with a wet cloth.
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.
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