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Common Name: Fishbone Cactus, Ric-Rac Cactus, Wijayakusuma
Plant Family: Cactaceae
4 in stock
Quantity or Pot size (see 'Pot Sizes' tab below): 9 cm pots
A tree-dwelling cactus from Mexico, sporting curiously shaped stems - these are flat with distinct zigzag shaped edges. Either train it up a suitable support such as a moss pole, or let it trail from a hanging basket. Strongly scented white flowers appear in spring and autumn when the day length resembles that of its native habitat. They open late at night and will be shriveled by the following morning.
In the wild Epiphyllums grow on the trunks and branches of other plants. They naturally have a rather floppy habit and either need tying in to a support such as a moss pole or you can grow them in a large pot or hanging basket so they can trail over the edge. They like a very free draining compost so either buy a specialist cactus compost or mix your own with 1 part peat free compost and 1 part grit or Pearlite.
Water sparingly do not allow the compost to become too wet. In summer feed every two weeks with cactus fertiliser or half strength Tomato fertiliser to encourage flower formation.
They like bright light and humidity but position away from hot sun. These plants would normally be partially shaded by the plants they grow on so don't want to be subjected to very hot sun in summer.
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Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);
The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.