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How to Grow Fishbone Cactus | Fishbone Cactus Care

Learn everything about How to Grow Fishbone Cactus and include this peculiar-looking plant in your collection! It also grows fast!

How to Grow Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus is a quirky plant that seems to be trending these days! Follow our guide to know everything about How to Grow Fishbone Cactus to keep it thriving indoors!

Botanical Name: Epiphyllum anguliger

USDA Zones: 10-12

Common Names: Rick Rack Cactus, Zig-zag Cactus, Fishbone Cactus

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Fishbone Cactus

This easy-to-care-for plant is a perfect specimen for beginner gardeners with a black thumb. It looks snazzy with its zig-zag leaves and its beauty ten folds when the plant starts to bloom!

Propagating Fishbone Cactus

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Propagating Fishbone Cactus is really easy from cuttings in spring to late summer. 

In Water

  • Using a pair of sharp and clean scissors snip off a 5-7 inches long cutting from a healthy plant.
  • Allow the cutting to dry and form callus.
  • Place the cutting in a glass of water. Put it in a spot that receives bright but indirect light. Change the water once in 3-5 days.
  • The cuttings will form roots in 3-5 weeks.

In Soil

  • Allow the cutting to dry and form callus. Dip the end in a rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot filled with cacti mix.
  • Place the pot where it gets plenty of bright indirect light.
  • Do not water the cutting till it shows a sign of growth.

Pro Tip: Planting multiple cuttings in a pot will make for a full-looking plant!

Requirements for Growing Fishbone Cactus


The plant will do its best in bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing it to harsh afternoon sun for more than 1 hour. It will also be a good idea to keep it near an east-facing window where it will get light for 2-3 hours every day.


Avoid using garden soil. Use equal parts of gravel, sand, pumice, and perlite for best growth. You can also go for a pre-made growing medium that’s available for cacti in the market.


Water the plant only when the topsoil feels a bit dry to touch. Overwatering is the quickest way to kill it so avoid it at all costs. Also, the watering schedule depends a lot on the climate and the zone you are living in. You need to water the plant more during the sunny weather, too.


The plant loves a temperature range between 60-77°F or 15-25°C during summer. Avoid exposing the plant to a temperature below 50°F or 10°C.

Taking Care of Fishbone Cactus

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The plant loves humidity so it will be a good idea to keep a pot on a pebble tray filled with water. You can also mist the leaves or use a humidifier.


It is best to feed it once every 4-5 weeks using a 10:10:10 blend. Avoid fertlizing the plant in winters and around the time when it blooms. Do refer to the label for dosage and instructions.


If unattended, the plant can grow in all directions! To keep its appearance bushy and compact, prune it in spring or summer. Use sanitized scissors to cut the leaf across at any point.

Pests & Diseases

Keep an eye on mealybugs and aphids. They can be handpicked or use a strong jet of water to knock them off.

To save the plant from potential diseases, make sure it is never overwatered. Also, keep it well ventilated.


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