Plant Care Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (13 experiences)

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

Also known as

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

Taxonomy

Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Epiphyllum
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

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

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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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Soil
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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 6
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Dutchman's Pipe Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Pennock avatar
@Pennock
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,146 XP
globe Ketchikan, Alaska
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
Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 3,395 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 34 Plants
xp 783 XP
globe Arvada, Colorado
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, New Hampshire
05/24/2021

It browns easily

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

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