Plant Care Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (37 experiences)

Fishbone Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Fishbone Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Ric Rac Cactus and Zig Zag Cactus

Taxonomy

Disocactus anguliger
Disocactus
Cactaceae
Caryophyllales

How to care for Fishbone Cactus

💦 Water

How often to water your Fishbone Cactus

Water needs for Fishbone Cactus
0.5 cups
every 12

Fishbone 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 Fishbone Cactus

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Fishbone Cactus in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fishbone Cactus: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fishbone Cactus love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Fishbone Cactus does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fishbone Cactus in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Fishbone Cactus

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fishbone 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 Fishbone Cactus after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Fishbone 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!


💦 Water Needs

Fishbone 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Fishbone 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Fishbone 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.


💨 Humidity

Fishbone 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.


🪴 Soil

Fishbone 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Fishbone 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

Fishbone Cactus is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Fishbone Cactus bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Fishbone Cactus grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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


🌱 Propagation

Fishbone 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 Fishbone 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 Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone 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

Fishbone Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Fishbone Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 13
Fishbone Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 9
Fishbone Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Fishbone Cactus has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Fishbone Cactus has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Gor4red avatar
@@Gor4red
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,106 XP
12/22/2021

Love this little weirdo.

Survivor Survivor
@mconst avatar
@@mconst
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 6,316 XP
12/07/2021

Such interesting foliage and easy to care for! Lots of new growth despite it being winter here in Edmonton.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@AvaEdgley avatar
@@AvaEdgley
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 302 XP
globe Kingston, Ontario
09/21/2021

Beautiful addition to the plant-fam!!

@ella_naats_2134 avatar
@@ella_naats_2134
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 516 XP
globe Austin, TX
09/11/2021

Loved her!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Kennedy avatar
@@Kennedy
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,221 XP
08/21/2021

Very easy plant to take care of doesn’t grow very fast but when it does grow a leaf you know your taking care of it right

Alicia avatar
@Alicia
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 473 XP
globe Philadelphia, PA
08/11/2021

I basically treated this plant really crappy while moving and it survived and thrived.

Survivor Survivor
@noelani_aquino avatar
@@noelani_aquino
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 1,337 XP
07/29/2021

easy to care for, very low maintenance

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@honeyyvoiced avatar
@@honeyyvoiced
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 8,512 XP
globe Mount Prospect, IL
07/14/2021

I’ve had my eye on this plant for awhile and finally got one. So far it’s given me zero trouble and is easy to care for.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Katie avatar
@Katie
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 325 XP
07/05/2021

Do not pay extortionate prices for these, they are so easy to propagate and grow so well, ask a friend for a cutting!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@Kristalee avatar
@@Kristalee
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,829 XP
06/10/2021

It’s beautiful! I just love to stare at it. It takes well to a hanging planter where it can spill in every direction

@Lmc124 avatar
@@Lmc124
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Oshawa, Ontario
06/03/2021

Very easy plant always growing

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@DrDrey avatar
@@DrDrey
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 2,617 XP
05/19/2021

Super fun unique looking plant. Not much fuss - if given the right lighting conditions you will see excellent growth.

@DrDrey avatar
@@DrDrey
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 2,617 XP
04/03/2021

Absolutely love the quirky aesthetic of these guys, just slow in their growth. Mine have shot up new shoots, but they seem to take forever to widen and fill out.

@Kiersten avatar
@@Kiersten
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 37,156 XP
globe New Orleans, LA
02/11/2021

This plant has been completely inert for over a year. No sign of intelligent life. Starting to wonder if it’s fake🤨

Five stars for not dying, docked one for not growing.

Survivor Survivor

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