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Fishbone Cactus

Epiphyllum anguliger, 4"

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Quick Description

The Fishbone Cactus is a fast-growing jungle cactus, the thick succulent stems are adapted to living in high humidity. This plant is very low maintenance and prefers to hang out and over the rim of its pot rim.

Key Information and Plant Overview

  • Other Common Names: Ric Rac Cactus, Zig-Zag Cactus, Queen of the Night
  • Binomial Name: Epiphyllum anguliger
  • Care Level: Easy to medium
  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry completely
  • Pet Friendly: Yes

Is a cactus still a cactus, if there are no spines? We think so! Native to Mexico the Fishbone Cactus is a fast-growing jungle cactus, the thick succulent stems are adapted to living in high humidity. Around August the cactus produces fragrant blooms that only open at night, giving it its nickname "Queen of the Night". 

PlantX Top Tip: Place high up on a shelf to mimic the plant's natural environment. 

How to Care for Fishbone Cactus

  • Light: Prefers bright light with at least 4 hours of direct light
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry completely. Water thoroughly and allow it to drain completely. Overwatering will cause the plant to rot from the inside out. 
  • Humidity: Tolerates low humidity below 24%
  • Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
  • Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining, cactus/succulent mix.
  • Propagation: Stem cuttings
  • Cleaning Tip: The plant marks up easily, gently spray with water to clean.
  • Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic. Always keep your plants away from pets and children.

Fishbone Cactus - Common Problems

My plant is mushy: This could be because of overwatering. Water when the majority of the soil is bone dry. Water thoroughly and allow it to drain completely. 

My plant has brown spots: Monitor your plant for overwatering signs. If you notice that your plant is safe from root rot, your plant may be getting too much sun at this stage. Slowly acclimate your cactus by gradually placing it in brighter locations every week until it can tolerate direct sun. 

My cactus isn’t growing: Cacti grow very slowly. You may not even notice new growth. Ensure your plant is receiving bright light with at least 4 hours of direct light. 

Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.

Common Pests: Scale

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you take care of a fishbone cactus? Allow the soil to dry completely. Water thoroughly and allow it to drain completely. Overwatering will cause the plant to rot from the inside out. Place your plant in a spot that receives bright light with at least 4 hours of direct light.

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