6" HANGING BASKET RHIPSALIS EWALDIANA
USDA Zone 10a
This unique & awesome variety of Rhipsalis trails fantastically down the hanging basket with thin, twiggy like stems that go in every direction, rather than falling straight down as many of our other varieties do. New growth turns a reddish-orange color, before maturing & turning a deeper green. Hang your basket indoors our outdoors in a bright shaded area. Inside, refrain from leaving your R. ewaldiana directly inside a window, as the glass will magnify the sun's heat & will end up burning your plant. The plant grows up to 24" tall & 12" wide. It's easily propagated using the stems & well drained soil. In our experience, adding fertilizer to your cuttings or Rootone helps if they don't acclimate quickly.
One of our favorite features of this variety are the yellow flowers & bright pink buds!
MAINTENANCE IS EASY!
- Plant in a pot with a drainage hole & well drained soil.
- Water thoroughly once every 1.5 - 2 weeks (or when soil is bone dry) until you can see water fall through your pot’s drainage hole.
- Place in area with partial shade to full shade.
LET’S BREAK THIS DOWN —
PLANTING YOUR SUCCULENT
In order for your succulent to thrive, you will need to plant in a pot with a drainage hole & well drained soil. Here at Horticult, we start our containers with approximately 1-2” of PermaTill (a small, expanded slate gravel; depending on size of container). If you don’t have PermaTill, any type of small pebble will work! Fill the rest of the pot with regular potting soil or a cactus mix. Once you’ve planted your succulent, you may then use the same gravel you used at the bottom of the pot to spread around the top of the pot for a decorative element. This top gravel will also weigh down the soil, so when you water your plants the soil will not spill over the top.
Rhipsalis is a succulent. By definition, succulents are plants that store water in their leaves. The water gets to the leaves through the roots. This is why it’s important to saturate your plant when watering. The water must get to the roots, so the roots can suck up the water to the leaves! With that being said, it is extremely important your soil be allowed to dry. If a succulent’s roots are sitting in standing water it will first bring too much water to the leaves, which will cause them to become soggy & fall off, & then cause root rot, eventually leading to your plant’s demise! While this sounds awful & is ultimately detrimental, it is easily avoided! Wait until your soil is bone dry before watering again :) Easy peezy!
This succulent needs partial shade to full shade. If you’re planting this in an indoor container, it will need to be further inside your room (on a dining room table, etc.) away from the window.