Mistletoe Cactus Care

Rhipsalis baccifera

Basic Mistletoe Cactus Care

Although you might think they like dry, desert-like environments, Mistletoe Cacti are actually jungle cacti meaning they require warmth and high humidity to thrive. Below you will find all the information you need to properly care for your Mistletoe Cactus.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

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Detailed Mistletoe Cactus Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Mistletoe Cactus is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Mistletoe Cacti love the sunshine

We recommend placing your Mistletoe Cactus in an area where it gets bright but filtered and direct light. A few hours of direct morning light wouldn’t harm your plant but steer clear if exposing it

Keep the soil moist but not soggy

There is a bit of a balance to be struck in terms of watering your Mistletoe Cactus. They don’t like to fully dry out like other plants in the Cacti family but don’t like to be swimming in water either.

Average room temperature is fine

Although they prefer warmer temperatures, one great thing about the Mistletoe Cactus is that it will survive well in the average room temperature. They don’t like it if it gets too cold at night (below about 10-15 degrees C) so be wary of placing it in a cold room.

High humidity is vital when caring for a Mistletoe Cactus

One of the most important things to note when taking care of a Mistletoe Cactus is that it loves high humidity levels. They thrive in bathrooms and kitchens where the humidity is naturally higher. Alternatively, check out our guide to increasing the humidity for your houseplants for more tips.

Fertiliser isn't always a necessity

It is up to you whether or not you want to feed your Mistletoe Cactus. They will thrive without it but it can sometimes help to feed in Springtime to accelerate growth. Use a cactus specific fertiliser as this suits its needs better than regular feed.

Mistletoe Cacti are completely safe for pets

Another great thing about the Mistletoe Cactus is that it is completely safe and non-toxic for dogs, cats and children so you don’t need to worry about putting it out of reach.

Propagate your Mistletoe Cactus with stem cuttings

It really couldn’t be easier to propagate your Mistletoe Cactus as all you need to do is take a cutting of the plant, let the end callous out of water and soil for a few days before placing in a cactus soil mix. Before you know it you will have a fresh new plant!

Mistletoe Cactus Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Mistletoe Cactus .

Common Problems with your Mistletoe Cactus

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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Wilting Mistletoe Cactus stems are often a sign you are overwatering and the roots are starting to rot. Remove the damaged stems and replace the soil.

If you notice black and mushy stems on your Mistletoe Cactus, you have probably overwatered your plant. We recommend replacing the soil if it is still soggy and trimming off the black mushy stems.

If your Mistletoe Cactus is losing stems, this is a sign of overwatering. Although they like to have moist soil, Mistletoe Cactus don’t like to be sitting in too much water. Replace the soil and cut back on your watering.

If you notice white cotton-like masses on your Mistletoe Cactus it unfortunately means it is infected with mealybugs. This can be treated using a neem or insecticide product. Keep your infected Mistletoe Cactus away from other plants to prevent the infestation from spreading.

Red stems on a Mistletoe Cactus are an indicator that the plant is receiving too much direct sunlight. Remove the damaged stems and place in a slightly shadier spot. Ideally somewhere with still bright, but indirect light.

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