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Asked by
833smiffy on
January 20, 2011

Q. Identify a Hanging Succulent Plant

The plant has bright green tubular, segmented leaves (modified stems?), similar to an Allocasuarina leaf although thicker and fleshier.
It exudes a milky, white sap when cut. No flowers observed over many years. The many segmented leaves trail for a couple of metres.

Answered by
Heather on
January 20, 2011
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It sounds like it is a variety of Rhipsalis, perhaps Rhipsalis Species Pendent.

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Asked by
Marykrik on
September 9, 2014

Q. Rhipsalis Is Oozing Sap

I have a beautiful hanging rhipsalis which I just noticed is oozing sap. I do not see any bugs or scales. I love this plant and have had it for years. Can I take it outside while it is still warm out and wash it? How do I get rid of the sap and make the plant healthy again, and how do I prevent this from happening again? I had not moved the plant or done anything different with it.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 9, 2014
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Yes, washing it would be a good idea. Make up a spray bottle with a solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent to 2 cups water. Spray all over the plant, especially up onto the underside of the leaves, and down into the nooks and crannies in the center. Let it sit for 20 mins or so, then wash it all gently with a hose. Looking through a wide variety of rhipasalis info, I can't find any disease that produces "weeping sap." I think it's almost sure your plant has some kind of sucking insect - some scales or aphids are almost invisible, and it doesn't take but a few to start dripping that honeydew, which is easily mistaken for sap. Wash the plant in the same way, at weekly intervals for 4 weeks, and you should eradicate the little buggers.

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Asked by
shadylady on
October 9, 2017
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Q. mistletoe cactus rhipsalis

Have had this plant for at least 12years. Plant hangs down about 5feet. Lately one of the long vines have begun to shrivel up, the stems have narrowed and become brittle. I repotted the plant (1st time) into a little larger pot thinking that it has become pot bound(it was). Was this correct? I water the plant once a week, it is out of bright sun and heat.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 9, 2017
Certified Expert
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What you have done is fine. This should help the growth, and recovery. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/rhipsalis/rhipsalis-mistletoe-cactus.htm

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