Is Fishbone Cactus Toxic To Dogs

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This strange cactus is native to the Mexican rainforest and gets its name from the way its long, flat stems are fashioned; they resemble a fishbone. The stems will start out upright and eventually trail down as they get longer. This plant is an epiphyte, which means that it develops aerial roots to mimic how a fishbone would anchor to a host plant in its natural habitat.

Conditions of indirect, dazzling light (for example not on a windowsill that gets direct sun at any point in the day). Make sure the plant receives some full sun in the later summer or early autumn (but avoid the hottest part of the day), since this will enhance the growth of blossoms. Lack of maintenance and tolerance for minor unintended negligence. Long stems can be cut, and new stems will typically emerge from the cut, giving the plant a fuller appearance. Watering: During the warmer months, water the plant frequently, but like with all cacti, allow the soil to dry out in between waterings. Wintertime means less frequent watering. Locations for bedrooms, living rooms, baths, and study areas are ideal Fast-growing; growth rate Maintain at a consistent room temperature. Pets: Cats and dogs are not poisoned by this plant. Sizing:

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How poisonous is fishbone cactus?

How can I adore it? The fishbone or zigzag cactus, also known as Epiphyllum anguliger, is a lively, non-spiky plant that will bring movement to your home and is also non-toxic to people and pets.

Luminous or shady It prefers the shade, with only a few hours of sunlight each day, like many epiphytes do. To encourage it to produce blossoms, move it to a location that will receive some full sun in the late summer and early fall (but not during the hottest part of the day).

What position should I use? At any time of day, stay away from windowsills that are directly in the sun. Put it on a bookshelf next to a window for some bright indirect light, or hang it in a holder from the ceiling between 50 cm and 1 m away from a bright window.

How can I maintain its life? It needs free-draining soil, much like all cacti, in order to prevent root rot and to let the soil entirely dry out in between waterings. You should fertilize and water your fishbone cactus once per week from April through September; from October through March, you shouldn’t feed it and should only water it every four to six weeks.

Have you heard? In the late summer, it may bloom with sweet white flowers before bearing a fruit that resembles a gooseberry and is edible.

How do I get my fishbone cactus to bloom?

White and yellow blooms that only bloom at night and begin to wilt by morning are produced by the fishbone cactus. Your fishbone cactus may not always bloom, and if it does not, you are not doing it incorrectly. To improve your chances of finding a fishbone cactus blossom, follow these suggestions:

  • Your plant must first be mature and at least a couple years old.
  • Give your plant a little room to grow roots.
  • Increase the light, even if the sun is out in full, but watch out for overexposing it to direct light. When it’s brighter out, keep an eye on your cactus.
  • Use a fertilizer with a higher potassium content that is designed for tomatoes instead.

Fishbone cactus aerial roots

Fishbone cactus have aerial roots because they are epiphytes! These aerial roots emerge from their stems and aid the plants in clinging to the ground they are growing on. They also aid in certain nutrient and moisture absorption. Even while the aerial roots appear a little strange, they are not a cause for concern.

Is fishbone cactus toxic to cats and dogs?

Although cats and dogs are not poisoned by the fishbone cactus, it is still preferable to keep all plants out of the reach of your pet animals. Additionally, because to their spines, even non-toxic cacti should be avoided by pets.

Similar plants

Selenicereus anthonyanus is also known as the “fishbone cactus” and resembles Epiphyllum anguliger in appearance thanks to its remarkable fishbone shape (the plant discussed in this post). However, the central “fishbone” and the prongs that protrude on either side of Selenicereus anthonyanus’ stems are often thinner.

How frequently should a fishbone cactus be watered?

The Fishbone Cactus (Epiphyllim anguliger), often known as the Ric Rac plant, is the subject of the third article in our series on plants.

With its fantastically architecturally shaped leaves, amazing smelling flowers, and ease of propagation and sharing with friends, it is a quick and simple plant to grow. Continue reading for information on maintaining and growing Fishbone Cacti.

Native habitat

The Mexican rainforest is home to the fishbone cactus. It can grow on a ‘host’ plant, usually a tree, where its roots can be secured into the crevices of branches, because it is an epiphyte. We can try to replicate their natural habitat’s warm, humid, and shaded environment in our houses to help them flourish there.


The term “cactus” may be deceptive in this case because the Epiphyllum anguliger prefers bright, indirect light rather than the intense sunshine that other cacti do. The leaves will turn yellow from too much direct sunshine.

Mine is located about 2 meters from a south-facing window; when the sun is directly in the window, I close a filtering blind. The plants in their natural habitat grow in the shade of trees, where they are protected from direct sunlight and can receive dappled or indirect light.


The Fishbone Cactus seems to be quite thirsty. In the summer, I water once the top few centimeters are dry, which may be once a week. I always water at the sink, letting the water completely drain before putting it back in its attractive pot. The plant will need watering less frequently over the winter, around once every two to three weeks.

The fishbone cactus does a great job of communicating when it needs watering. The leaves will begin to appear a little more wilted and sparse.

These plants are quite tolerant to neglect, in my opinion, and will quickly recover after a decent watering.


Due to the fishbone cactus’ preference for warmth and humidity in its original environment of tropical rainforests, a bathroom or kitchen are suitable locations for this plant. Use a humidifier or place the pot on pebbles in a tray of water to further boost humidity. (Taking care to make sure the pot’s bottom isn’t submerged in water, which might cause root rot.) The humidity around the plant will rise as the water in the tray evaporates.

In contrast, based on my personal experience, I don’t use a humidifier or a water tray, and the fishbone cacti I have are all content without that higher humidity.


Throughout the spring and summer, feed your plant every two weeks using Liquid Gold Leaf.

Winter growth will be slower, therefore there is no need to feed during that time.


The relatively unique and transient flowers are one of the main draws of having a fishbone cactus. A plant is more likely to flower once it has become established and is content. The flowers have large, frequently light-yellow blooms.

The aroma is amazing—sweet it’s and strong. I can smell mine blooming as I walk into the room before I ever see the flowers. The fact that the flowers bloom just briefly and only in the evenings or at night makes them all the more spectacular. They can be removed once they wilt, shrivel, and eventually dry out after about a day.

Your plant will flower in the late summer with the help of regular feeding, regular watering, and enough of bright indirect light throughout the summer.


The ease with which this plant can be propagated is one of its many wonderful qualities. I’ve multiplied mine numerous times, both to present to friends and to replant the young into the original pot to grow a fuller plant.

Planting cuttings directly in soil or rooting in water before potting into soil are the two major methods of propagation. I would pick a youngish leaf that is 12 cm to 15 cm long for both techniques. This is what I would do in the spring or summer.

Simply cut a young leaf at the stem with a clean, sharp knife or pair of scissors to allow it to root directly into soil. Place the cutting into the suggested soil mixture above, about 2 cm deep, after allowing it to callus over for a day or so where it was cut. Within a few weeks, roots should start to grow if you keep the soil moist.

Step 2: Place the cut end into a small glass of water after allowing it to callus over for about a day. To maintain the water clean and clear, change it once a week.

Step 3: After a few weeks, roots will start to form. It is ready to plant into the suggested soil above once the roots are a couple of centimeters long and, preferably, have secondary roots sprouting from initial roots.

A brief video on water rooting a cutting and using it to thicken up an existing plant is provided below.