The Mistletoe Cactus is a beautifully unique epiphytic cactus hailing from the tropical rainforests of Africa and the Americas!
Growing Pot Size: 10cm
- The Mistletoe Cactus loves to be placed in a hanging basket so it can cascade and trail wherever it pleases.
- Mistletoe Cacti are epiphytes, meaning that they grow attached to rocks and trees in their natural habitat.
- Very easy to care for.
- Makes a great gift!
- Growing pot size: 10cm.
Key Benefits: Fruit-Bearing Baccifera
Not only is the Mistletoe Cactus great to look at, but it also produces white, cylindrical fruits which are said to taste similar to grapes. Grubs up!
Mistletoe Cactus - A Myth
Although it’s in the name, this cactus isn’t actually related to mistletoe at all. The Mistletoe Cactus gets its name from the small, mistletoe-like berries that it produces.
Where does it come from?
The Mistletoe Cactus is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America but is also found in Africa and Sri Lanka. In fact, the Rhipsalis Baccifera is the only species of cactus to grow outside of the New World. There has been much speculation as to how this happened - some believe that migratory birds brought the species across, while others suggest it was a result of trading between South America and Africa.
Plant Care Tips: Mistletoe Cactus
Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. Keep out of direct sunlight.
Water: Enjoys moist soil. Water when the top few centimetres of soil are dry.
Humidity: The Mistletoe Cactus is a tropical plant and loves humidity. Mist the foliage frequently and try placing it in humid environments such as the bathroom or the kitchen.
Temperature: Keep at temperatures of 21-24°C during the day and 16-21°C during the night. Do not keep at temperatures below 10°C.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix.
Fertiliser: The Mistletoe Cactus doesn’t necessarily need fertilising but will benefit from a diluted liquid feed once or twice a year
Propagation: Propagate using stem cuttings in spring or summer.
Pets: The Mistletoe Cactus is non-toxic to pets.
Mistletoe Cactus - Common Issues and Questions
Why does my Mistletoe Cactus have shrivelled, red stems?
Shrivelled, reddish stems are a sign of too much sunlight. Try keeping your plant in bright but indirect light to avoid the foliage becoming scorched.
Help! I think my Mistletoe Cactus has root rot!
Root rot is extremely common with houseplants and often comes as a result of overwatering. If you find that your cactus has brown, mushy roots and foliage, this means that it has root rot. The best way to save your plant is to take stem cuttings from the non-affected areas and propagate it.
When should I repot my Mistletoe Cactus?
We recommend repotting your Mistletoe Cactus once every couple of years. Repot into a slighter larger basket or pot.
Mistletoe Cacti most commonly attract spider mites, mealybugs, and scale. Keep an eye out for these pests as they can attack and kill your plant. If you do spot any, treat them immediately with insecticidal soap.
*Decorative pots sold separately.