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Identifying a Houseplant (Mistletoe Cactus)?

Identifying a Houseplant - draping plant with long thin leafless growthCan anyone help me identify this plant? I have had it a few years now. Someone has asked me for a piece of it and I am not sure how to divide it or start a cutting.

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful
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I believe this is a mistletoe cactus. I have quite a few of them here in my yard and they grow rather easily.

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December 3, 20190 found this helpful
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Sorry for the confusion. I should have moved the other plants away from it before taking the picture. It is a rhipsalis succulent. Thanks for everyones help in identifying it.

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December 3, 20191 found this helpful

Thanks for posting back! I was worried if that was all a spider plant that it had some wonky disease I never saw before. I have been raising spider plants since the 1960s and never saw one that looked like that.

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Whew!! So glad my friend could help!! She saw the plant in the foreground for what it was!

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December 3, 20190 found this helpful

I do have a spider plant that is doing just ok. Any helpful tips on feeding or any other advice that might help it along?

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December 3, 20190 found this helpful

My secret with spider plants is water weekly with room temperature water.

Make sure they get at least one hour of sun (I have them in windows that get morning sun at the moment, but they thrive in any window where they see sun). They do not like cold, so don't let them touch the glass in the winter.

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Pluck off the dead leaves from the bottom (even if it just the tip that is brown). This is important so the plant does not struggle to feed a dying leaf and promotes new growth. When you do this, they will start sprouting "babies" at an alarming rate. Babies are a long, stringly growth with a little nub of roots and leaves at the bottom. I leave them on the plan until they are about 2 inches, then I gently pluck them, remove the umbilical cord--long thin string from plant.

I put the babies in a small bottle with water in a sunny window, when they get roots--I like the roots to be 3-4 inches long and thick, I plan them in dirt. You may need to rinse the roots in warm water if they start getting green goop on them. I think it is because of our water as when I have lived in other places I never had the goop problem.

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A few years ago, I sold off a bunch of the babies at a yard sale. They were quite popular getting a few dollars each depending on size and what I had them planted in.

One of my plants is somewhere in the 45 year old range. It has been moved a million times and while it is just starting to get a little stringy, it will still shoot off a baby plant ever now and then.

Good luck with your spidey!! They are one of my all time favs!

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December 1, 20190 found this helpful

It is some kind of a fern. I do not know exactly which one.

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December 1, 20190 found this helpful

Are there 2 plants in the pot front left? The back right of that pot has what looks like a spider plant sticking up. If this is all one plant, then it is a spider plant and it shoots off babies which have a small root at the end of what looks like a very thin umbilical cord. Root it in water. When roots are about 1 inch long, plant in dirt. If it is two plants, can you show down into the center of the plant?

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I will look for more information.

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December 1, 20190 found this helpful
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Just showed this to a friend. She agreed it looks like a spider plant at the top right, but says she pretty sure the rest is a mistletoe cactus. I googled it and tend to agree. I have never seen one, but she says they are quite hardy.

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December 1, 20190 found this helpful

Here is info on rooting them:

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../rhipsalis-mistletoe-cactus.htm

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December 2, 20190 found this helpful

I think it's a pencil cactus. www.bing.com/.../search?q=pencil+cactus+in+hanging...

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December 4, 20190 found this helpful

I'm glad you identified this plant as I think it is lovely and may 'need' to find one.
I also love the spider plant and I like Pghgirl's information on caring for these usually healthy plants.

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I always like to keep a good link on the Internet to caring for each plant as sometimes I just need to refresh and find out what I may be doing wrong or what I need to change.
Here are my links to the spider plant care:

www.almanac.com/.../spider-plants

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../spider-plant-care-gardening-tips...

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January 19, 20200 found this helpful

Hoya Linearis

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January 5, 20220 found this helpful

it is a Rhipsalis. It is very easy to grow and very tolerant

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