Rhipsalis ewaldiana: How to Grow and Care for Mistletoe Cactus

Rhipsalis ewaldiana Mistletoe Cactus

Scientific name: Rhipsalis ewaldiana

Common name: Mistletoe Cactus

The trailing Succulent has thin, branching stems. As it gets older, new growth turns a bright yellow-orange color. Although it grows well indoors, it should not be planted near windows, as it has a tendency to burn easily. There are white flowers in the Spring and Fall.

Quick Look at Rhipsalis ewaldiana

  • Partial sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) wide
  • 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 ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus”

In areas of your home or garden that don’t receive a lot of light, Rhipsalis ewaldiana is the perfect addition to your hanging baskets. It works best in a terra cotta or clay pot. In its native jungle growing habitats of South America, Rhipsalis ewaldiana received light through tree branches. It’s important to remember where to plant your mistletoe cactus.


The watering needs for a succulent is typical. 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 succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both partial shade and full shade. It has a tendency to burn, so don’t plant near a window where it would get a lot of sunlight.

How to Propagate Rhipsalis ewaldiana “Mistletoe Cactus”

Stems can be used to grow Rhipsalis ewaldiana “letoe cactus”. Use a sterile knife or pair of scissors to grow mistletoe cactus. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.

Commonly Mistaken For

Rhipsalis cereuscula is a plant.


  1. Rhipsalis ewaldiana (Mistletoe Cactus) – Wikipedia

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