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Jungle Cactus Care (Fishbone Cactus, Sharktooth Fern, etc.)Updated 3 months ago

    1. Light: Jungle cacti prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon, but avoid intense midday sun as it can scorch the leaves.

    2. Temperature: These cacti thrive in temperatures between 60°F to 70°F (15°C to 21°C) during the growing season. During the winter, they can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, ideally around 50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15°C).

    3. Humidity: While jungle cacti originate from tropical rainforests, they don't require high humidity levels like some other tropical plants. Normal household humidity levels are usually sufficient.

    4. Watering: Jungle cacti prefer slightly moist soil but are susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Water them thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch, but allow excess water to drain away completely. Avoid letting them sit in water-filled saucers, as this can lead to root rot. Try our Moisture Meter for easy water level monitoring. 😎 

    5. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for cacti and succulents. Adding perlite or coarse sand to regular potting soil can help improve drainage.

    6. Fertilizing: Fertilize jungle cacti with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Fertilize once a month or according to the product instructions. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant period (fall and winter). Check out our favorite plant food for cacti here + here!

    7. Potting: Repot jungle cacti every two to three years, preferably in the spring when they're entering their active growth phase. Use a slightly larger pot with good drainage holes and fresh, well-draining potting mix. We recommend our very own soil made for arid plants. 👌 

    8. Pruning: Trim back leggy or damaged growth to encourage bushier growth and a more compact shape. You can propagate cuttings from pruning by allowing them to callus over for a few days before planting them in a well-draining potting mix.

    9. Blooming: Jungle cacti typically bloom in response to changes in day length and temperature. To encourage blooming, provide a cooler (but not cold) environment and decrease watering slightly in the fall.

    10. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.

    11. By following these care tips, you can help your jungle cacti thrive and produce beautiful blooms year after year. 🌸 

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