Nov 29th, 2022
Orchid Cactus 'Curly Sue'
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Epiphyllum guatemalense 'Monstrose', more commonly known as Orchid Cactus ‘Curly Sue’. This is a true jungle cactus, epiphytic in nature and native to Guatemala and belongs to the Cactaceae family. You may have seen Epiphyllum in your local greenhouse but have you seen the Curly Sue? Known for its curled and curved stems which are a genetic mutation of Epiphyllum guatemalense. This variety does flower, but only at night (yes, you heard that right!) and sometimes they reward you with bright pink fruit. These plants look amazing in hanging baskets!
Let’s talk about care. Your watering schedule is the most important care task to nail down. Never allow your plant to sit in standing water or over saturated soil. Water when you plant is halfway dry. Cut back on watering during the winter months. Your Orchid cactus will thrive in bright, dappled light for most of the day - direct sun in the morning, indirect bright light for the rest of the day. Repot your using the Sol Soils Cactus Gritty Mix. This is mix has great drainage and texture to ensure proper water retention and drainage. To promote blooms and fruit, fertilize with Schultz All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. Keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and scale. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.