Originally from southern Brazil, Rhipsalis rosea is commonly called the ‘Rose Easter Cactus’. Also known as Hatoria rosea and recently reclassified as Rhipsalidopsis rosea it is grown for the rosy pink flowers as well as the foliage.
The flowers are large and fragrant and the easy care nature make Rhipsalis rosea suited to growing indoors or outdoors depending on climate and care.
This is naturally an epiphytic plant that has deep green foliage that tends to turn to red or purple when exposed to stress factors such as direct sun or cold.
How to Grow Rhipsalis rosea
In its natural habitat it grows at higher elevations so does not require require a lot of warmth to grow well.
- A free draining potting mix in a hanging basket works well. A specialist cactus mix is suitable.
- Grow Rhipsalis rosea in a part shaded position with a little morning sun.
- Provide good airflow and humidity tom prevent the plant from dropping leaf segments.
- Protect from frosts.
- Water regularly allowing the soil to dry a little between waterings.
- Provide long periods of darkness over winter months to improve flowering. This can be achieved by covering the plant with a dark material or 90% shade cloth over winter.
- Cut back on watering immediately after flowering to provide a dormancy period.
Generally propagation is easy from segment cuttings as long as you provide a moist soil (not wet).
Rhipsalis rosea has a number of synonyms including : Hatoria rosea, Rhipsalidopsis rosea, Schlumbergia rosea and others.
Common Names include: Rose Easter Cactus, Pink Star Cactus, Whitsun Cactus and others