How To Propagate Fishbone Cactus
Fishbone cactus (Epiphyllum Anguliger) is an extremely cool species of cactus plant loved by many for its unique fishbone shape, in this post we will give you some tips on how to propagate fishbone cactus
The plant is known by other common names like
- Ric Rac cactus,
- zig-zag cactus,
- orchid cactus.
Interestingly, this incredible cactus is tropical and indigenous to South America and Mexico.
It’s easy to propagate the plant from the cuttings, and it grows roots in water quickly.
If you grow this plant at home, you’d agree that they produce uniquely beautiful and rare flowers, it’s also worth mentioning that the fruit is oval-shaped and a little over an inch thick with a greenish or brownish exterior.
The inside of the fruit resembles kiwi fruit and tastes like gooseberries.
The fruit isn’t toxic
But how do you propagate the fishbone cactus?
First, you should not keep your fishbone cactus cutting on the packaging for long.
Indeed, experts recommend that you remove it immediately when you receive it.
The first step you should conduct to propagate the fishbone cactus is to prepare the soil in which the plant will root. Water the soil thoroughly before placing the cuttings in the soil.
Avoid watering until the cuttings take root.
The best mixture for optimum results should include 70% of well-drained soil and 30% peat moss. If you can’t access peat moss, you can use bark chips, orchid bark, or orchid potting medium instead.
Ensure that the soil mixture has enough moisture when you place the cutting.
Experts recommend tucking the rooted portion of your zig zag cactus into the potting mixture. Be careful to pack the soil because making it too tight might hinder the plant from healthy root development. Fishbone cactus roots require sufficient air circulation to thrive.
Be careful to water the fishbone cactus only when necessary to avoid keeping the soil too wet.
In a couple of weeks, the fishbone cactus will start developing roots as it adapts to its new environment. You’ll then need to follow the usual care and maintenance routines as the plant grow.