This orchid cactus relative is one of the easiest Cactus to grow in hanging baskets This plant has characteristic stems which are are serrated and lobed, like a fish bone and have a thick, leathery texture that perfectly suits their dark green color.
It is grown as an ornamental because of its beautiful nocturnal flowers and unusual stems. If it gets enough light, ric rac cactus will reward you with stunning pink and white orchid-like flowers.
Like many shade loving cactus, the ric-rac prefers smaller baskets with a very porous soil. As the plant grows and gets rootbound the plant can be repotted to a bigger basket. Cryptocereus will grow better in bright shade and can even handle a little bit of direct sun as long as it is not too hot. In nature ric-racs grow as Epiphytes (like orchids) forming dense clusters cascading down from the branches of trees. Like many orchids they can handle quite a bit of water, as long as the drainage is very good. For basket culture, it is better to allow the soil to dry out a little bit between waterings. During the winter, the soil should be kept a little dryer and fertilizer should be kept to a minimum.
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens