Fishbone cacti are quite easy to take care of and reward you with fast growth. They are also super easy to propagate making them a great gift for friends and family. Below you will find all the information you need to care for your Fishbone Cactus.
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.
Whether you're looking to make sure your Fishbone Cactus is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Although your Fishbone Cactus prefers bright, indirect light, they can cope well with periods of direct sunshine but try to keep that a little limited. If they get the right level of sunlight over the year, they will reward you by flowering so it is definitely worth keeping an eye on those light levels.
Fishbone Cacti are native to more tropical climates, rather than the desert so it is best to water it slightly more than your other cacti types. Make sure their soil is able to dry out between waterings as Fishbone Cactus plants don’t like to be sat in water too much.
Although your Fishbone Cactus will prefer slightly warmer temperatures, they won’t die on you immediately if the temperatures drops a little so don’t worry about it too much.
Fishbone Cacti thrive in humid environments so are best placed in the bathroom or kitchen where humidity levels are natural higher due to showering and cooking. You can find out more about raising the humidity for your plants in our guide.
We wouldn’t worry too much about fertilising your Fishbone Cactus but if you do want to, we recommend using a water-soluble fertiliser at half strength so that it doesn’t cause too much harm to the roots.
Every year or so, it may be time to repot your Fishbone Cactus as it can become unstable and stressed if root bound for too long. Make sure to handle the plant carefully when repotting to avoid any damage to the root system or leaves.
If you want to propagate a Fishbone Cactus, you can do this by taking a leaf cutting. Try to take a cutting of about 10cm to give it the best chance at producing roots. Leave the cutting in a dry place for a few weeks for it to harden at the base before potting directly into soil.
Another great thing about Fishbone Cacti is that they are completely non-toxic for dogs and cats so you don’t need to worry about it being near your beloved furry friends.
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
If you notice the leaves on your Fishbone Cactus are starting to become quite dry and cripsy, it is probably due to underwatering. Although this plant is a cactus type, it actually requires more water than others.
Dark patches on your Fishbone Cactus indicates leaf burn. This occurs when your plant has spent too much time in direct sunlight. Cut away the burnt leaves and place in a shadier spot.
White patches on your Fishbone Cactus is a sign that it is suffering from a mealybug infestation. Wipe the leaves clean with a damp cloth and treat with an insecticide.
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