Fishbone (Ric Rac) Cactus
+ Comes in an 6" plastic pot.
This epiphytic orchid cactus hailing from the tropical rainforests of Southern Mexico is infamously known for its serrated leaves, hence its nicknames: Fishbone and Ric Rac. These are very easily grown in hanging baskets.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Cactaceae / Selenicereus
Fishbone Cactus / Ric Rac / Zigzag / Cryptocereus anthonyanus / selenicerus anthonyanus / Night Blooming Cactus / Orchid Cactus / St. Anthony's Rick-Rack
This plant is typically found hanging from trees in nature, and so it is perfect for a hanging basket. It can grow to 18-30 inches in height with a spread of 5-18 inches.
Plant owners in zones 10z-11 can bring their Fishbone outside during summer conditions, but when the temperatures get below 40 degrees F the cacti should be brought indoors. This is a very easy plant to grow indoors.
Fishbone is considered a shade cactus, that means while it likes bright indirect sunlight it also prefers partial shade (and due to this is often a great indoor plant for rooms with low light quality); while it can handle some hours with direct sunlight on its leaves, over time this can lead to leaf scorch and its recommended that any direct light is filtered before hitting the cactus.
Like most cacti, Fishbone can survive a dry soil snap, but it prefers to not be dried out completely during waterings. It's recommended to water the fishbone when the top one inch of soil becomes dried out. Weekly waterings are best, but refrain from soaking the plant, as overwatering can lead to rot.
While cactus or succulent mix is great for this plant along with bits of bark or fiber, it can also do well in a low soil medium (such as peat moss mixture); which has quite honestly divided the plant community on which is considered best practice. What is for certain is the Fishbone loves well draining potting soil.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, it flowers during spring and early summer, but it is considered a rare cactus to bloom and is heavily dependent on the right conditions (for instance artificial light in the night can impede the blooming schedule.) The one listed blossoms a soft pink flower that will open at night and last for approximately a day. If you are lucky enough to get one to flower for you, fruit may also follow.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
While not considered toxic, the plant does have tiny spines on it, and can lead to skin irritation and/or dermatitis.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. The Fishbone is considered a very easy cactus to propagate. You can just cut off one of its serrated leaves, let it callus for a couple of days, and then place in soil. Once potted, its recommended that you do not repot the cactus for another 4-5 years.
Fishbone are relatively pest and disease free indoors, but can be susceptible to common plant pests like: Mealy bugs, scale, and spider mite. If outdoors, slugs and snails go to chow town on these, so be careful.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.