Epiphyllum anguliger, commonly known as the fishbone cactus or zig-zag cactus, is a cactus species native to Mexico. The species is commonly grown as an ornamental for its fragrant flowers in the fall. The fruit tastes good, rather like gooseberries. The interior of the fruit is reminiscent of kiwifruit, with green pulp and small black seeds.
Sowing seed: Sow seed in spring or summer; Fill a container with cactus compost and scatter the seed evenly on the surface; Moisten the compost lightly with a fine mist sprayer; Top-dress with a thin layer of fine grit; Cover the pot with a clear plastic bag or place into a propagator and keep at 70°F (21°C); Remove the covering once the seeds have germinated; Keep the compost moist, but not wet; Prick out when the seedlings become crowded and large enough to handle comfortably; They will take four to seven years to flower.
From mid-spring until late summer, water the plants when the compost begins to dry out, but do not let the plants stand in water. Apply cactus fertilizer fortnightly. To encourage blooming, move Epiphyllum in winter into a cooler place, about 52-57°F (11-14°C) and keep the compost just moist until the flower buds form. Once this has happened, increase the temperature and resume the normal watering regime.
Other names:Fishbone Cactus, Moon Cactus, Zig Zag Cactus, Queen of the Night, Ric Rac Orchid Cactus