I Received a HousePlant and Need it Identified – Orchid Cactus
My husband bought me a unique plant and on it is the name is Panthers Tongue. I cant find that name anywhere. There was only a hand written tag with no other name. I am trying to find its care requirements. Thank you for your help
Your plant looks like a Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Orchid Cactus) Dutchman’s Pipe or Queen of the Night). It’s a species of Cactus.
Here are some care instructions for an Orchid Cactus :
Light: bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun
Water: Water well, be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the plant to sit in water. Allow about 30% of the soil to dry out before watering again.
Plant Food: Fertilize the Queen of the Night Cactus monthly March through October with a balanced water-soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. After two or three years, when the plant matures and is capable of blooming, use a plant food high in phosphorus, once in the late fall and once in February or March. Never feed an Orchid Cactus in December or January.
Soil: Cactus Soil
Resting: During the winter, allow the soil to dry out a little more, and move the plant to a darker area.
Here is a picture of an Orchid Cactus in bloom.