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 super popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy 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 a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 1064 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

💦 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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ 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 considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Fishbone Cactus →

Common Fishbone Cactus Problems →

💦 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.

Fishbone Cactus Water Frequency →

Fishbone Cactus Root Rot →

☀️ 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 🏡.

Fishbone Cactus Light Requirements →

Fishbone Cactus Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Fishbone Cactus enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Fishbone Cactus Humidity Needs →

🪴 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!

Best Soil Mix for Fishbone Cactus →

When and How to Successfully Repot Fishbone Cactus →

💩 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Fishbone Cactus →

🌎 Native Region

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

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Fishbone Cactus →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Fishbone Cactus Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 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.

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
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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.

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