How to grow Lepismium houlletianum

Lepismium houlletianum grow and care – epiphyte cactus of the genus houlletianum also known as Snowdrop cactus or Rhipsalis houlletiana, Lepismium houlletianum perennial used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in tropics, subtropical, mediterranean climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11b+.

Stems color green or red shape is linear shape flat but fleshy structure the edge of the stem looks like deeply serrate edge, the stems become red in high humidity.

Lepismium houlletianum flower

Flower can be white to cream multi-petals and can grow next to each joint next to the spines.

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How to grow Lepismium houlletianum growing and care:

Can survive 5-30C (41-86F), optimal temperature 20-28C, well-drained soil, moist, high humidity, fertilizer can give in spray algae or other liquid fertilizer also possible to give organic matter, better to hang in a pot or cork, acid soil 5.5-6.5

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – seeds rare need to sow in 25C, keep the soil moist and cover the soil with nylon that will keep high humidity / Vegetative reproduction – need to cut stem better in the connection with other stem with the hand slowly break it, possible also just to cut part of the stem, cut and lay down for few days before put it in the soil, spray small amount water few time a day, soil need to be well ventilated and stabile that the stem won’t move, try to give the plant 25C it will be the best result.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from cutting and better success ratio

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spines, sensitive to drought

Planting season:
All year, in places

Pests and diseases:
Slugs, aphids

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Just for design, dead parts

Size of the plant:
0.4-1.3 m, 32-65 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water with high humidity but need to be wet, that plant absorb water from the air its epiphyte

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade with little sun will be the best, expose to sun can be only with 100% of humidity that will protect the plant from the sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, when grow it indoor need to take care of the humidity that suffer in air condition and heater that dry the air

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, need that the soil that will be well ventilated and airy also need good to use peat, moss, dead leaves (after compost) or organic material, also add something light that will prevent from the soil to be too much heavy like lava grit or just to by orchid soil, switch the soil every 2-3 years, better to switch soil under 20C.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Winter / Spring / Summer, can bloom every few month depend the condition that given

General information about the flower
White to cream flowers multi-petals and can grow next to each joint next to the spines

Scientific name:

Lepismium houlletianum

How to grow Lepismium houlletianum

Lepismium houlletianum

Growing Lepismium houlletianum


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Cactus
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 13