Plant Care Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus

4.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

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

About Fishbone Cactus

Fishbone Cactus is a popular houseplant 🌿 that 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 a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 350 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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


Selenicereus anthonyanus

Also known as

Rick rack cactus, Zig-zag cactus, St. anthony's rik-rak and Anacampseros

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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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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.

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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 Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Fishbone Cactus has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Fishbone Cactus has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Fishbone Cactus has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Sarah avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 349 XP
globe Grafton, IL

Fun, different plant and I’ve never seen one before I bought this one at an aldi and haven’t seen one since. So snag it up if you see one.

Survivor Survivor

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