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Fern Leaf Cactus

Hearty | Unusual | Flowering

The Selenicereus chrysocardium (aka Fern leaf Cactus, or Golden Heart Epiphyllum) are fascinating plants. Fleshy leaves give the appearence and texture of tender foliage but are actually drought-tollerant, epiphytic (grow harmlessly on other plants, often in trees), and spineless cacti! 

Though reluctant bloomers, when they do produce brilliant bright white flowers. If you are ever blessed with a floral display be sure to take a picture!

 

 

Lighting: Moderate to bright indirect (Lovers of light, brighter light will yeild faster growth and larger leaves)

Water: Allow soil to dry most of the way (but never completely) between waterings (2-3 weeks on average but depends on size and environmental conditions). Likes some light misting but not reccomended for high humidty environments (such as a terrarium). 

Soil/Potting: Plant in a well draining soil (like a cactus mix) in a container with a drainage hole and made of slightly porous material like ceramic. Repot annually or when plant exhibits discoloration without the presence of any mis-watering habits

Fertilize: Monthly with bacterial inoculant recommended for steady growth and to promote flowering

Temperature: Hearty but protect from freezing (40-95 degrees is ideal), protect from harsh fluctuations in temperature particularly in the winter

Toxicity: Non-toxic for humans and pets; still definitely not tasty..

 

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