Easy-going and original, rhipsalis and zamioculcas are more and more present in shops and garden centers.
Check out these two beautiful plants.
Succulent plant, member of the cactaceae family, the rhipsalis comes from the forests of Central and South America.
It is also found on some islands in the Indian Ocean and in Africa, where it thrives on tree trunks in the shade of their foliage.
It comes in many varieties of different shades and shapes (flat or more or less fleshy stems), with one thing in common: no thorns and long twigs that make it a "hairy" plant.
Native to the rocky plains of East Africa, the zamioculcas has thick stems covered in fleshy leaves of a beautiful glossy green.
Used to aridity, it is not afraid of watering forgotten.
Not demanding, rhipsalis and zamioculcas can be placed in both shade and light and only needs moderate watering, once a week, or even every fortnight in winter. Both fear stagnant humidity, be sure to compose a good draining layer at the bottom of their pot and not to leave water in their saucer.
Install your rhipsalis in height, in suspension or on a piece of furniture, to benefit from its falling foliage. When the stems get too long, prune them.
The growth of zamiculcas will be promoted by a large pot (it can reach a meter high). If you want to keep it small, leave it in its original pot. You can add a little fertilizer during the growing season (summer). Sponge the leaves from time to time to maintain their glossy appearance.
In both cases, they are tropical plants that don't like dry air. In winter when the house is heated, it is therefore better to group them together and spray them regularly with water without lime.
The stems of the rhipsalis are easily cut from an acidic mixture of heather earth and sand. The same goes for those of the zamioculcas, which can also be cuttings in water.
Credit for visuals: Flower Office