Lepismium
Lepismium cruciforme

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepismium (le-PIS-mee-um) (Info)
Species: cruciforme
Synonym:Rhipsalis cruciformis
Synonym:Hariota cruciformis
Synonym:Cactus cruciformis
Synonym:Lepismium cruciforme var. cruciforme
Synonym:Lepismium ramosissimum

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Epiphytes

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

La Puente, California

San Diego, California

Fort Myers, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positives
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neutral
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Positive

On Jan 28, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine is planted in a hanging basket and surviving 30 deg. winter temps.

Neutral

On Jun 22, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flower colors range from cream, yellow, pink or rarely magenta depending on the variety probably. This plant can also be propagated from seed.
Other synonyms are Lepismium commune, Rhipsalis ensiformis, Rhipsalis radicans var. ensiformis, Lepismium fluminense, Rhipsalis macropogon, Rhipsalis mittleri, Rhipsalis radicans, Hariota ramosissima, Rhipsalis brevibarbis, Hariota squamulosa, Rhipsalis squamulosa & Rhipsalis ramosissima.

Positive

On Apr 25, 2006, franj from Tucson, AZ wrote:

The plant grows well in Tucsons climate provided you keep it somewhat shaded and provide a little extra humidity by misting with some distilled water now and then. It also appreciates a richer soil than desert cacti, but it should still drain well. Easily propagated by cuttings.