All members of the genus Rhipsalidopsis are called ‘Easter’ because they regularly produce at Easter. They are similar to ‘Christmas cacti’.
They have rounded, redsegments, bristly-toothed on the margins. Relatively large, funnel-shaped grow from are oles located at the end of the segments. The fruit is a berry. All these cacti are native to southern Brazil. R. rosea is the familiar species. It has vivid pink flowers up to 4 cm (IV2 inch) a-cross. Another well-known species is R. gaertneri with brilliant scarlet red flowers, which grows as an epiphyte in the mountains of Brazil. The hybrid offspring of these two species – R. x graeseri – is a very common house plant.
To ensure spring flowering, keep theat a temperature of about 10°C (50° F) for a period of two to three months during the autumn and winter. Then transfer it to a warmer place. Water very sparingly during the resting period, only when the is almost dry. The plants grow well even without , but will benefit from an occasional application of a weak solution of compound fertilizer. They do very well in hydropon-ic containers and are also very attractive in hanging containers or in a dish combined with other plants. Propagate by means of the stem segments.