Can anyone identify this plant?
What is the name of this Succulent cactus. Does anyone know how to trim it?
Drought Smart Plants reply:
Hi Jackie - thanks for posting! This succulent plant is some type of Rhipsalis - sorry I can't tell you any more than that, as there are so many different kinds. It's not a cactus, although cacti are succulent.
To prune it, I would take out the longer, thicker growth, leaving the finer twigs behind. Cut them off close to where other growth will start (not in the long internodes, which will never grow).
This will encourage it to bush out, becoming more compact, without the risk of it sending out huge amounts of unruly larger branches.
In some cases, cutting these types of plants right off close to the ground will make them send out new growth, but if you're new to this, you may hesitate to be quite that brutal.
These are relatively easy to propagate, so if you're so inclined, you can stick the cut ends into the soil nearby, and there is a good chance they'll root there.
Eventually, you can move them to their final planting place, or give them away. It looks like a nice healthy plant, so it's obviously in the right place.
Happy Succulent Gardening!
See these pages too:
Pruning Succulent Plants
Succulent Plant Propagation