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Plant Know-How: Selenicereus chrysocardium

fern leaf cactus wideIf you're a fan of jungle cacti, a lover of unique specimens, or just a fan of easy plants then Selenicereus chrysocardium, or the Fern Leaf Cactus, is the plant for you! Selenicereus chrysocardium is an epiphytic jungle cactus native to Mexico. Epiphytes are unique plants that don't grow in soil and instead grow on other surfaces such as the bark of trees! Jungle cacti are also unique, unlike their desert cacti relatives they are not evolved to live in harsh, dry conditions. Instead they grow in humid, lush rainforests. This means they need much different care than the cacti you may be used to. While Selenicereus chrysocardium may require a little more water than you average desert dwelling cactus that certainly doesn't mean it's a hard plant to care for! We have all the info here you'll need to grow the Selenicereus chrysocardium of your dreams!

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CARE TIPS:

Light: If grown indoors Selenicereus chrysocardium does best in bright indirect light. Selenicereus chrysocardium can also be grown outdoors. Your plant will tolerate some morning direct sun, but care should be taken to protect it from any afternoon direct sun as the leaves will burn. Shade outdoors is ideal.

Water: Water your Selenicereus chrysocardium when about 2/3 of the soil has gone dry. The leaves of your plant will feel noticeably softer when it's thirsty!

Did you know? Selenicereus chrysocardium produces huge, fragrant white flowers!