Plant Care Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

4.7 out of 5 (39 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


Disocactus anguliger

How to care for Fishbone Cactus


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

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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 🏡.


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.

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!

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Care Summary for Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


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 23
Fishbone Cactus has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Fishbone Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
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
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 7,479 XP

Love this little weirdo.

Survivor Survivor
Mconst avatar
leaf-1 58 Plants
xp 4,357 XP

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
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 302 XP
globe Kingston, Ontario

Beautiful addition to the plant-fam!!

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leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 516 XP
globe Austin, TX

Loved her!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Kennedy avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 1,221 XP

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
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 473 XP
globe Philadelphia, PA

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

Survivor Survivor
Noelani_aquino avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 862 XP

easy to care for, very low maintenance

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Aur0ra avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,555 XP

this one won’t stop growing and i barely have to do anything to it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 6,970 XP
globe Des Plaines, IL

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
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 325 XP

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
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,789 XP

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Oshawa, Ontario

Very easy plant always growing

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Drdrey avatar
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 2,294 XP

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

Drdrey avatar
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 2,294 XP

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
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 35,920 XP
globe New Orleans, LA

Love love love these plants. They’re so quirky and are hardy so they don’t need attention very often.

Super easy to propagate and they’re such a nice deep green color 10/10 excellent plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kiersten avatar
leaf-1 82 Plants
xp 35,920 XP
globe New Orleans, LA

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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