Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum guatemalense monstrose)

Orchid Cactus Plant Features

Orchid cactus is a bold houseplant that's not for the faint of heart! Though it's easy to grow, its exotic look will give your friends the impression you're a champion houseplant grower. It has long, flat leaves that twist and curl as they grow, giving orchid cactus its unusual appearance. The leaves trail, making it an excellent choice for hanging baskets and tall planters.

If you grow orchid cactus, accent the foliage texture by growing it in a smooth, sleek ceramic container. Or, complement the leaves by growing orchid cactus in a rough-edged pot. 

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Orchid Cactus Growing Instructions

Grow orchid cactus in bright light. This exotic houseplant is perfect for hanging baskets right inside your window (or you can take it outdoors to a shaded place for a little summer vacation). If the plant gets enough light, it may produce beautiful, creamy-white orchid-like flowers (hence its common name). 

Water orchid cactus when the potting mix dries. Native to tropical rainforests where it grows on trees, this indoor plant doesn't want it soil to be moist all the time and will rot if it's overwatered. That often means watering once every 10 days or so, depending on conditions such as plant size, temperature, and how much light your orchid cactus gets. 

Like orchids and other tropical plants, orchid cactus prefers high humidity, but usually grows just fine in average household conditions. 

This bold houseplant is not intended for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Low water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Orchid Cactus

Mistletoe Cactus
Mistletoe cactus has a soft, almost fluffy look that creates an intriguing look when paired with orchid cactus.

Upright succulents look fun with bold orchid cactus.

Dog Tail Cactus
Dog tail cactus is another easy-care cactus that trails from hanging baskets. It looks beautiful with orchid cactus.