Rhipsalis Cereuscula Care & Buying Guide

Rhipsalis Cereuscula


Light requirementsLow
Water requirementsLow
Ease of careEasy
Temperature resistanceNot frost-hardy
Growth speedMedium
Indoor growingSuitable


Taking Care Of Rhipsalis Cereuscula

Ideal conditions

Rhipsalis Cereuscula are very popular indoor cacti thanks to their low light needs. Unlike many cacti, Rhipsalis Cereuscula does not thrive in direct sunlight since it is very prone to sunburn. Rather, it prefers to receive filtered sun and be in a shade.

Outdoor growing is also possible with Rhipsalis Cereuscula, but you should carefully pick a spot where this cactus will be shaded all day.


Even though Rhipsalis Cereuscula isn’t drought-resistant like cacti typically are, the watering routine for this cactus is like with other cacti – you should only water it once its soil is dry to the touch. Water this cactus until water comes out of the drainage holes, and wait until the soil fully dries before the next watering.

Keep in mind that Rhipsalis Cereuscula is prone to root rot when overwatered, so make sure not to water it too much.

In winter, this cactus becomes dormant, so you should suspend watering.

Where to plant

To ensure easy drainage, plant your Rhipsalis Cereuscula cactus in fast-draining cactus soil. For added drainage, add perlite, coarse sand, or pumice in a 1:1 ratio to the cactus soil mix.

Whether indoors or outdoors, keep this cactus potted – this will allow you to easily move it around to protect it from cold or heat. The pot should have large drainage holes at the bottom.

In terms of placement, Rhipsalis Cereuscula should be placed in a shaded location. In nature, this cactus receives sunlight through overhanging trees. Due to this, Rhipsalis Cereuscula has adapted to filtered light and shaded areas. With this in mind, pick a proper spot for your Rhipsalis Cereuscula cactus indoors or outdoors.

Indoors, keep the cactus away from windows that receive afternoon sun. Glass can multiply incoming heat, leading to sunburn and yellowed leaves.

With that said, in the morning, you may place the cactus in direct sunlight – Rhipsalis Cereuscula will benefit from it, and the sun won’t be too harsh for the plant at the beginning of the day.

General care information

Cacti are typically fertilized throughout their growing seasons for optimal growth. However, Rhipsalis Cereuscula rarely requires fertilizer and does well if provided with adequate water and light. But if your cactus seems not to grow adequately, then you may give it a cactus fertilizer diluted to half strength once per month from April to September.

Newly repotted Rhipsalis Cereuscula do not need to be fertilized for around a year since the fresh soil will have enough nutrients in it for successful growth. Then, you may either repot the cactus to introduce it to fresh soil, or fertilize it.

You will also need to repot your Rhipsalis Cereuscula once it outgrows its pot, perhaps once every 2-3 years. Rhipsalis Cereuscula cacti get up to 2-3 feet tall, so you’ll probably have to repot yours a few times through its lifetime.