DIY Rainforest Drops, the Easy Way!

I think that I've finally perfected the recipe and I couldn't wait to share. The old way works just fine, but I think that you'll find these instructions a bit easier to swallow. To sum it up: I root the cuttings first, stuff the grapevine ball with long grain sphagnum moss, and tuck in the cuttings! This version is loads easier.

1. Pre-root the Rhipsalis Cuttings
Giving the rhipsalis cuttings a head start makes it much easier to establish your Rainforest Drop. Simply line a used and washed Chinese food takeout tray with moistened short grain sphagnum moss or potting soil, lay the cuttings down lengthwise and cover. A few weeks will do the trick. Don't have a Chinese takeout tray? Try these instructions instead.

2. Stuff Ball With Sphagnum Moss
The long grain sphagnum moss is not only a dream to work with, but it's also very moisture retentive. This means less watering! The orchid bark from my original directions is attractive enough but has the unfortunate habit of falling through the openings in the ball and making things difficult for you.

3. Insert Rooted Cuttings
Tuck in the rooted ends of the rhipsalis cuttings and tightly pack in some more of the moistened long grain sphagnum moss around the stems. Thoroughly water your horticultural masterpiece once or twice a week, periodically mist with a spray bottle, and fertilize when the stems lose their deep green coloration.

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  1. How cool:)

  2. Thanks for sharing the instructions, I'd love to make one for my house!

  3. BADASS!! I'm makin' those for Christmas!

  4. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing this! On behalf of all the apartment-dwellers out there, how do you think these would fair indoors by a sunny window?

    1. In a sunny window, try using sun loving orchids (Cattleyas, Epidendrums) and bromeliads (Neoregelias, Tillandsias, small Vrieseas), or even small sun loving succulents like Echeverias and sedums.

  5. what are some of the other plants you are mixing with the rhipsalis that i see in the pictures?

  6. They're all either cactus species of Hatiora or Rhipsalis, but I did add a little orchid too!

  7. Neat idea!! I will have to try this!!

  8. What an awesome planting! I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  9. Can this be hung outside in full sun or under a tree or deck with no direct sun, in full shade?


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