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Rhipsalis platycarpa

Rhipsalis platycarpa



Rhipsalis platycarpa

USDA Zones 9a-11


Rhipsalis is an epiphytic jungle succulent native primarily to the tropical rainforests of South America. There are over 30 named varieties of Rhipsalis. All of the different types have a relatively similar growth pattern (trailing/hanging), however, their stem size, shape, & length can vary greatly. 


The environment in the jungle is partial shade with warm temperatures, heavy humidity, & frequent torrential rains. To keep your Rhipsalis healthy, you will want to emulate these conditions. Make sure your plant receives bright to moderate indirect light inside & partial shade with morning sun if you keep your plant outside during warmer months. Keep your plant in a naturally humid room in your house, such as the kitchen or bathroom, or supplement humidity with a pebble tray, humidifier, or occasional misting. Make sure the soil stays evenly moist, but not wet. Avoid any stagnant water at the bottom of your pot. Once the top 1" - 2" of soil is dry it is time to water again. When you water, emulate the torrential rains by saturating the soil - water until you see water coming from the drainage hole. As long as you have a container with a drainage hole + well draining soil & you wait until the top soil is dry before you water, you do not have to worry about using too much water when you water. It is important to saturate the soil, so the plant's roots have enough moisture to distribute to the rest of the plant. Don't hesitate when watering! Soak .. that .. soil!


What is an epiphytic plant & why is it significant?

Tropical jungles are made of tall trees, whose leaves & branches create a canopy that shades most of the jungle from the sun. Once you reach the forest floor there is barely any light. Plants need sunlight in order to photosynthesize, or create food, which they were receiving very little. In order to survive, some plants began to evolve. They started to leave the forest floor & move up, finding a home in the nooks of trees along their trunks, on rock surfaces - ultimately any place where they could compete with taller plants for adequate sunlight.
Problem solved? Not quite! Why did these plants start on the floor to begin with? 
Generally, plants use their roots to take up nutrients & water - both of which are vital for the plant's survival - from the soil. Is there soil high in the trunks of trees or on the surfaces of rocks? No! While there is some organic matter in the tree tops, there isn’t nearly as much as there is on the jungle floor. To adapt to this location the plants became epiphytic. Epiphytes take up nutrients & water through their leaves, as well as their roots. This allows them to collect moisture from the humidity in the air.

Since epiphytic plants have another vessel to collect nutrients & water, their root systems are naturally shallow/small. 


Rhipsalis platycarpa has a broad flat leaf that changes to the color red with prolonged sun exposure. This variety's folaige/stems are significantly larger than most Rhipsalis. For this reason, it can take more sun than those with thinner stems. 

This variety has incredible, relatively large yellow flowers! They line the foliage up & down creating a stunning show!


Our 3.5" size plants are not pictured (yet)! They may only have a 3.5" size root ball, but they are large plants! Each one has at least 1 stem that is ~1' long! Most have more than 2 branches.


If you ordered the XL 3.5" plant or the (three) 2" starter plants, you will receive your plant(s) bareroot without a pot.

If you ordered the 6" hanging basket, you will receive your plant bare root with the hanging basket it was grown in.

  • Message to Buyer

    Thank you for shopping with Horticult! Please remember that unless otherwise stated in the description area of your plant's listing, all of our plants are shipped bare root without a pot. All plants sold in a hanging basket will include a pot.

    Please remember the shipping of live plants can be tricky. We prefer to ship on Monday-Wednesday to minimize the time your new plant baby will spend in the box! We’ll stay in touch & keep you updated! 

    We will ship as economically as possible. If we are able to fit your order in less boxes than our site calculates, we will refund the extra shipping costs. 

    Finally, with what’s happening right now in the world the post office has never been busier. While most of our orders are shipped without a problem, we want to assure you we are prepared to rectify any issue that may occur. Please be patient & we will do everything we can to make sure you are happy with your purchase! 

    Stay safe everyone & thank you again for shopping with Horticult 💚


  • Packaging Process

    All of your plants will be shipped bare root. We begin by removing excess soil & wrapping the roots/bit of leftover soil in a damp paper towel to ensure the roots don’t dry out on their journey. Next, we wrap the damp towel with plastic wrap. After your soil & roots are properly sealed, we wrap your plant in paper. Depending on how fragile the plant is, we may wrap it again in foam insulation or bubble wrap to ensure the plant won’t break. Once the plants have been wrapped, they are taped down into their box to keep them from moving around. Extra stuffing, receipts, heat packs, & optional gift messages are then added & VOILA! 💚

  • Heat Packs

    If the temperature will be below freezing in the destination city on any day from that of estimated reception to a few days later (to account for a USPS shipping delay) & your plant is not cold hardy be sure to buy a heat pack for the box!

    See FAQ's page for more information.

  • Returns, Exchanges, & Cancellations

    Contact Horticult within 5 days of order reception.

    Ship items back within 30 days of delivery.

    Please contact us if you have any problems with your order. Cancellations are up for review & will be determined depending on the individual case. Please contact us ASAP.

    Exchanges are available.

    See “Refunds & Return Policy” page for more information.


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