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4” Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone cactus is unique due to its need for moisture—it originates from the rainforest, and needs to be kept moist, particularly during spring and summer.

In the wintertime, you can allow the top layer of soil to dry out slightly before giving the plant more water. However, do not allow the soil to dry out extensively beyond the top layer, as this will deprive the plant of its much-needed moisture. Any extended dry period spells disaster for this type of plant. While Fishbone cactus can survive the occasional bout of dryness, extended dry periods will damage or kill the plant.

Due to this plant’s need for lots of moisture, mist the plant regularly to give it an extra boost of hydration, particularly during the hotter summer temperatures. Also, make sure that you pick a pot or planter with drainage holes at the bottom to avoid problems such as root rot and fungus gnats.

You may also want to consider using a self-watering pot or watering from the bottom so that the plant can absorb moisture as needed, which will decrease the chances for root rot and similar issues.

How much sunlight does my Fishbone cactus need?

Fishbone cactus needs bright indirect sunlight for most of the day. The best place to set your fishbone cactus is in an area with lots of morning sun but mostly shade in the afternoon.

Do not place the plant in direct sunlight for a long period of time, as this can scorch the plant and cause significant damage. Fishbone cactus is able to handle a bit of direct sunlight now and then, but not for extended periods.

If you want your fishbone cactus plant to thrive, make sure that it gets plenty of sun in the late summer period into the early autumn period; this will greatly increase the chances that your fishbone cactus will bloom.