Epiphyllum anguliger 15cm
If you're a plant person, chances are you've been seeing a strange looking plant in your Instagram feed lately. It's probably the herringbone cactus. With its distinctive long, zigzag leaves that fan out randomly, it's one of those plants that stands out from the crowd. And when it blooms, it is a sight to behold. Here's everything you need to know about the herringbone cactus, including how to care for it and what to expect when it blooms.
What is a herringbone cactus?
Whether you know it as herringbone cactus, ric rac cactus, or as its botanical name Epiphyllum anguliger, this cactus gets its name from the flat zigzag shape of its leaves that actually resemble a fish bone.
How I care for my herringbone cactus
Herringbone cacti are generally low-maintenance plants that anyone can care for, even without a green thumb. They like humidity, filtered bright light, and drying out between waterings. Here's how I take care of mine.
Location: I keep my herringbone cactus in a bathroom, where it gets nice and humid. It's on top of my hot water heater.
Light: My herringbone cactus stands in front of a large window covered with a white curtain, so the plant gets filtered light. Note that herringbone cacti generally thrive in indirect sunlight, but can also handle a few hours of direct light.
Soil: They do very well in either orchid substrate or cactus mix - basically something that drains well.
Water: I let my plant dry out completely between waterings. In terms of frequency, that works out to about twice a month.
Fertilization: During the growing season I fertilize it once a month.
Botanical name Epiphyllum anguliger Height 15cm Pot size 9cm Place Partial shade Water requirement Keep moist Toxic Animal-friendly Repot Every 2 years Packaging Special plants mail box Maintenance Normal