Complete guide to fishbone cactus care
The fishbone cactus is a breeze to look after, and those wiggly stems are irresistible.
The fishbone cactus (selenicereus anthonyanus) is an exotic, vining cactus native to Mexico. It’s known for its long, jointed stems that resemble the bones of a fish. This species is also known as zig-zag cactus or fishbone prayer plant, but we call ours Kate.
Fishbone cacti are easy to care for, and make a great addition to any cactus collection. With its unique shape and vibrant colour, it can really brighten up a room. Here's how to keep yours happy:
- Choose a spot with plenty of bright, indirect light
- Let the soil fully dry out between watering
- Fertilise with cactus feed once a month in spring and summer for extra growth
About fishbone cacti
In the right conditions the fishbone cactus is a fast grower and its tendrils will grow as long as you let them. If it’s very happy, it should flower in autumn, producing beautiful, heavily scented blossoms. Those flowers only come out after dark and live for just one night, which is quite fantastically romantic and dramatic of them. In the wild it grows edible fruit, which tastes a bit like kiwi fruit. The chances of one fruiting outside the jungle are very slim, but you never know.
How much light does my fishbone cactus need?
A fishbone cactus needs bright, indirect light. Place it in an east or west-facing window for best results, or a bright, sunny room.
How often should I water my fishbone cactus?
It’s important not to over-water your fishbone cactus. Water it when the soil is dry to the touch and make sure the pot has plenty of drainage holes. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. This plant doesn't get very thirsty, and won't need much water at all during autumn and winter.
What's the best temperature for my fishbone cactus?
The fishbone cactus prefers warm temperatures between 18-26°C. It should be kept away from cold draughts and heaters.
Should I fertilise my fishbone cactus?
Fishbone cacti can be fertilised once a month during the spring and summer growing season. For the best results, and a happy cactus, use a cactus fertiliser. Feeding your cactus will help those wiggly stems grow quicker.
Do I need to prune my fishbone cactus?
A fishbone cactus can to be pruned regularly to keep it in shape, or you can leave yours to grow freely. Cut off any dead or damaged stems and use sharp, sterile pruning shears.
When should I repot my fishbone cactus?
Your fishbone cactus can be repotted once a year. Make sure to use a pot with drainage holes and a well-draining soil mix, ideally one that's specially designed for cacti.
Overall, a fishbone cactus is a great choice for anyone looking to add a unique and vibrant plant to their home. With the proper care, it can thrive for many years to come.
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