Rhipsalis cereuscula: How to Grow and Care for Coral Cactus

Rhipsalis cereuscula Coral Cactus

Scientific name: Rhipsalis cereuscula

Common name: Coral Cactus

Its bright green stems are not pokey, but grow long and thin, spilling out over the edge of container gardens. When it’s cold, the tips will turn reddish.

Quick Look at Rhipsalis cereuscula

  • Filtered sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall
  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by stem cuttings
  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
  • Winter Dormant

General Care for Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus”

There is a great cacti to add to your home. It does well in container gardens and hanging baskets. It’s native to Brazil, where it grows beneath trees. When deciding where to place your planter, keep in mind that it is used to receiving light this way.

Don’t plant indoors if there are windows that get a lot of sunlight. The sun filters through the window to burn your plant.


Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus” has typical watering needs. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F (- 1.1 C), it’s best to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It is a more humid environment than most cacti.

How to Propagate Rhipsalis cereuscula “Coral Cactus”

Stem cuttings can be used to propagation Rhipsalis cereuscula. Take a cutting from the stem with a sharp knife or pair of scissors. Allow it to dry out for a day or two, then place the cutting in well-draining soil. Water when the soil is not wet.


  1. Rhipsalis cereuscula (Coral Cactus) – Wikipedia

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