What is this HousePlant? Care Advice?

What is this plant and how do I care for it? Thank you!



Your plant is a type of Epiphylum or Orchid Cactus. The stems are long and flattened and may mistakenly be called leaves.

Large flowers emerge at the ends of the stems in spring. Flowers are quite fragrant – opening at night and lasting only a few hours.  Give your Cactus plenty of light and you’ll get lots of flowers.


Coral colored Orchid Cactus flower
Orchid Cactus

Here are some care tips for an Orchid Cactus.

Light: Bright light but no direct sun

Water: Keep the soil barely moist during the spring and summer when the plant is actively producing new leaves. Allow the soil to dry out more but not completely in the winter. If the stems are soft and limp and the soil is dry, increase the water.

Temperature: Basic household temperatures between 65-75 degrees. An Orchid Cactus needs to be in a cooler area, 60-65 degrees during the day and 45-55 degrees at night, for a few months in order to set the flower buds.

Fertilizer: Feed your Orchid Cactus every 2 weeks spring through fall with a liquid plant food high in Potassium. Always dilute the fertilizer to 1/2 the recommended strength.