The Fishbone Cactus, aka Zigzag, Ric Rac or Fishbone Orchid Cactus, is one of the most exotic and easy cacti to grow. Its thick, distinctive stems are serrated, like a backbone, with a leathery texture that perfectly suits their dark green colour. It will begin to trail as it matures, and when it receives bright enough light, it will eventually reward you with stunning orchid-like flowers.
They enjoy some direct sun, but they'll also do well in bright, indirect light. It is best to place this plant somewhere where it will receive some nice morning sun, or a couple hours of afternoon sun, and then indirect light the rest of the day.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be completely dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 4 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. wrinkly or soft leaves). Water a little more often in the warmer months!
Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in an enclosed terrarium.
You don't need to worry about repotting fishbone cactus; it grows and blooms best when somewhat root bound. Only repot every four or five years.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.