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Ric Rac Cactus: How to Care for This Unique Succulent - Varnish + Vine

Ric Rac Cactus: How to Care for This Unique Succulent


The Ric Rac cactus, also known as the Fishbone cactus, is a unique succulent with an intriguing shape. It is a resilient plant that requires proper care in the appropriate conditions. If you are uncertain about cultivating or maintaining a Ric Rac, this is the ideal resource.


What is a Ric Rac Cactus?

The Ric Rac cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger), also known as the fishbone cactus, due to its spiny appearance, is a succulent in the genus Epiphyllum. A night-blooming cactus native to Mexico, with fragrant white flowers that open at night.

How To Grow Ric Rac Cactus

The Ric Rac is a hardy plant that's fairly resilient and not particularly demanding. Follow the guidelines below, and you shouldn't encounter too much difficulty with this unique and beautiful succulent.


Selecting the proper soil is key to successfully growing the Ric Rac cactus. Use a potting mix with excellent drainage capabilities, perlite or vermiculite are excellent choices improve drainage.


The Ric Rac requires bright but indirect sunlight to thrive indoors. Direct sunlight inhibits flowering. Opt for a west-facing window for morning sun and afternoon shade. Outdoors, partial shade or full sun works if temperatures stay below 90°F.


Water your Ric Rac Cactus every 1-2 weeks in the growing season, less in winter. If leaves are lost, likely overwatered. To prevent, water less often or when top inch of soil is dry or use a moisture meter.


For optimal growth, maintain temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day during the growing season. Night temperatures can be reduced to 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit in the colder winter months.


Feed every two weeks during spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer diluted according to package directions or use slow-release pellets intended for cacti. These can be found at garden centers or online suppliers. If using either type of fertilizer, be sure it contains micronutrients as well as macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK).


Is the Ric Rac cactus easy to grow?

The Ric Rac cactus is one of the easiest of the cacti family to grow, and although it may seem invasive, it is actually easy to control. It's relatively low-maintenance, rarely showing signs of trouble unless overwatered or in extremely low-light environments. It's an ideal plant for beginners as well and can provide many years of enjoyable growth and unique beauty.

Where does the Ric Rac cactus come from?

Not a lot is known about how exactly the Ric Rac cactus came to be. We do know that it is native to the Mexican Deserts and has become popularized in American Interiors over the years. It's well known for its use as a decorative accent piece and its ability to add texture and color to any setting.

Is the Ric Rac Cactus edible?

The cactus does produce edible fruit, but it is not commonly consumed in the U.S. However, it does enjoy popularity in Mexico, where the fruit is among the most popular for making jam (sometimes referred to as "marmelada de melon," or melon jam). The berries also make excellent tarts, especially if you're a fan of gooseberry jam.


We hope that you've enjoyed our guide on how to care for a Ric Rac Cactus. As you can see, this unique plant is quite easy to care for, making it a solid choice for those interested in growing their own cactus.

Ensure your Ric Rac plant receives indirect sunlight and allow the soil to dry before watering, wishing you success in your gardening endeavors.

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