Epiphyllum anguliger, otherwise known as the Fishbone Cactus or the Zigzag Cactus, is a species of cactus that is native to Mexico and Central America. It’s known for its unusual, zigzag-shaped stems that are covered in spines.
It’s generally considered a fairly easy plant to care for and makes an excellent house plant. Since it’s a cactus, it doesn’t require oodles of water and is a pretty hardy plant. But it’s more than just an ordinary cactus – the Epiphyllum anguliger boasts special-looking stems that are sure to stand out wherever you have the plant.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to grow Epiphyllum anguliger.
What is Epiphyllum Anguliger?
Cacti are commonly known as ordinary, conical-shaped plants, however, that’s not always the case, and the Epiphyllum anguliger is the perfect example of that.
With its unique shaped cactus character, the Fishbone Cactus simply needs bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. It makes an awesome indoor plant and can be grown in hanging baskets or you can even grow it on a trellis – the choice is yours!
How to Grow Epiphyllum Anguliger
As with most plants, whether they’re easy to grow and take care of or not, the Epiphyllum anguliger has specific requirements with regard to several things. It’s all about when to plant it, where to plant it and how to plant it. But on top of those three things, here are a few additional variables to keep an eye on – light, temperature, water, soil, fertiliser, pruning, repotting and pests and diseases.
When to Plant Epiphyllum Anguliger
The best time to plant Epiphyllum anguliger is during the spring or early summer when the weather is warm and the risk of frost has passed. The cactus should be planted in well-draining soil in a location that receives bright, indirect light. It’s important to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged, as the cactus is susceptible to root rot.
Where to Plant Epiphyllum Anguliger
When it comes to where to plant Epiphyllum anguliger, mostly comes down to light. The Fishbone Cactus should be planted in a location that receives bright, indirect light. It can be grown indoors or outdoors, but it ought to be protected from direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves if they get too hot.
If you’re growing it outdoors, it’s best to plant it in a location that’s protected from strong winders, and it should be placed in an area that receives partial shade. If you’re growing it indoors, however, it ought to be placed near a window that receives bright, indirect light.
It’s essential to know that this kind of cactus needs to be planted in well-draining soil, so wherever you plant it, ensure that the soil is of the right quality.
How to Plant Epiphyllum Anguliger
If you’re wanting to plant Epiphyllum anguliger, you’ll need:
- A well-draining potting mix, such as a cactus or succulent mix
- A pot with drainage holes
- The Epiphyllum anguliger plant
Follow these simple steps:
- Fill the pot with the potting mix and make a hole in the centre that is big enough to fit the root ball of the plant.
- Remove the plant from its container and untangle the roots – ensure that you do this gently.
- Place the plant in the hole and then backfill it with potting mix. Don’t forget to remove any air pockets around the plant by pressing down gently.
- Water the Epiphyllum anguliger thoroughly and make sure that you allow the top inch of soil to dry out before you water it again.
What is the Meaning of Epiphyllum Anguliger?
The Fishbone Cactus’s scientific name, Epiphyllum anguliger, is derived from Latin. The name “Epiphyllum” comes from the Greek words “epi” meaning upon and “phyllum” meaning “leaf”, referring to the plant’s leaf-like growth habit. The species name, “anguliger”, is Latin for “having angles”, most likely a reference to the plant’s zigzag shape.
As far as symbolism goes, Epiphyllum anguliger has no specific symbolic meaning. However, cacti in general are known for their ability to survive harsh conditions which may symbolise resilience and adaptability. But the meaning isn’t limited to just this, as it may vary from culture to culture or person to person.
How Do I Get My Epiphyllum Anguliger to Bloom?
It is a tropical cactus that typically blooms at night with large, fragrant flowers. To encourage blooming, ensure that you’re providing the following conditions:
- Adequate light: It needs bright, indirect light to bloom, so place it near a window that gets plenty of light but doesn’t receive direct sunlight.
- Consistent moisture: Yes, it’s a cactus, but it still needs consistent moisture – but this doesn’t mean it should be waterlogged. Water it when the top inch of the soil is dry.
- Proper fertilisation: Fertilise it regularly during the growing season. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser and follow the instructions on the package.
- Proper temperature: Since it’s a tropical plant, the Fishbone Cactus enjoys warm temperatures, between 15 and 27 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 to 15 degrees Celsius at night.
- Humidity: The Epiphyllum anguliger requires humidity of above 60%. If the air in your home is too dry, you can place a tray of water near the plant to increase humidity.
- Adequate age: Fishbone Cactus needs at least three to four years before it’ll bloom.
How Do I Propagate Epiphyllum Anguliger?
To propagate Epiphyllum anguliger, you can use stem cuttings.
First, choose a healthy stem with at least two or three leaf joints.
- Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, just below the leaf joint.
- Remove the lower leaves and any flowers or buds.
- Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder and place it in a well-draining potting mix or a mixture of perlite and peat moss.
- Keep the cutting in a warm, humid location with indirect light and mist it regularly to keep the soil moist.
- Once the cutting has rooted, you can transfer it to a larger pot or you can plant it in your garden.
Remember, however, that it can take weeks to months for the cutting to root, so be patient.
How Often Do You Water Epiphyllum Anguliger?
The frequency of watering required for your Epiphyllum anguliger will depend on the growing conditions, such as the temperature, humidity and the size of the pot. Generally, these plants prefer to be kept evenly moist but certainly not waterlogged.
During the growing season, which is normally in the summer or spring, make sure you’re constantly monitoring the moisture levels of the soil. Water the plant when the top inch of soil has become dry. Whatever you do though, don’t overwater it!
During winter, when the plant is dormant, you can reduce the watering, but don’t let the soil dry out completely. A good way to check whether or not your Epiphyllum anguliger needs watering is to stick your finger in the soil and check whether or not it’s moist.
If you live in a dry area, it’s a good idea to also mist the leaves regularly so as to provide the plant with sufficient humidity.
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