How to Prune an Orchid Cactus

I have a 50-year-old orchid cactus that my mother gave me. It never bloomed until about 10 years ago. Now it flowers non-stop through summer. However, it has become very large and almost impossible to handle. Can I trim it back without stopping the blooms! They are so beautiful!!

Hi Jean,

You can control the size of an Orchid Cactus by removing cactus segments at the segment points along the stem. The stem segments can be used to start new plants.  Never prune an Orchid Cactus that is actively flowering. Wait until the blooms have faded and been removed.

Red Orchid Cactus flower
Orchid Cactus Flower