Plant Care Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves and a fast grower with a whopping 2244 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Epiphyllum
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Princess of the Night, Queen of the Night and Night Blooming Cereus

How to care for Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Water needs for Dutchman's Pipe Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dutchman's Pipe Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dutchman's Pipe Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dutchman's Pipe Cactus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dutchman's Pipe Cactus: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dutchman's Pipe Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Dutchman's Pipe Cactus →

Common Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Light Requirements →

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Dutchman's Pipe Cactus →


💩 Fertilizer

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is native to Central and South America.


🌸 Flowers

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Dutchman's Pipe Cactus →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Dutchman's Pipe Cactus. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@Yvette avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

I was gifted two cuttings of this plant, looking forward to seeing this cactus grow!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@@Pennock
leaf-1 44 Plants
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globe Ketchikan, AK
09/06/2021

Put it next to a window, any window and it will be happy. I have one in a sw window and another in a nw window and they have big red blooms in mid July. Cut from the stem to propagate in soil or in water. Water about every two weeks, or when it starts to wrinkle. Very easy to care for and pest resistant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 6,019 XP
08/02/2021

I have had this cactus for five years. It flowers every year, beautiful red blooms. I haven’t always cared for it the best way I could have done in the past, but it’s still here. It needs space as it can grow outwards as well as upwards.
I have it positioned on a window sill of a south facing window. It’s fed and watered weekly. Since repotting it, there is an amazing amount of new growth.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@NishLaursen avatar
@@NishLaursen
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 803 XP
globe Arvada, CO
06/25/2021

My husband received our Dutchman’s pipe cactus as a gift from an old boss of his named Kevin Jones that he used to work for 13 years ago. We have yet to see it bloom but we’ve heard that it’s very fragrant when it blooms and it will smell up the entire room of the house that its in. Looking forward to seeing it bloom some day. We were told that you need to propagate off the mother plant prior to it blooming because once it blooms the plant starts to die off.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Maci avatar
@Maci
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Colebrook, NH
05/24/2021

It browns easily

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily

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