How to care for an Emerald Ripple Cactus

How to care for an Emerald Ripple Cactus

Use these instructions to care for an emerald ripple cactus. this guide will tell you how to water your emerald ripple cactus, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Your Emerald Ripple Cactus needs as much sunlight as it can possibly get through the early spring and into late Fall. Turn it frequently so a new section faces the light, or it will begin to lean. It can handle indirect sunlight, but will not thrive as it will in full sun. Make sure to acclimate if moving outside into the direct sunlight. In the winter, if possible, move it to a cooler spot with less light so it can go dormant and rest.

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Water your Emerald Ripple Cactus deeply and allow to slightly dry between waterings in the spring and summer time. Always water near the base of the plant and try to keep the column of the plant dry. They will not tolerate wet, soggy soil or roots. Make sure to empty the saucer of all standing water. During the late fall and winter, you can go up to 4 weeks without watering your cactus.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

This plant requires no additional humidity.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

The Emerald Ripple Cactus prefers temperatures between 60-80 degrees.

PLANT FOOD

Before applying any type of plant food, make sure the soil is already damp–never apply to dry soil. The Emerald Ripple Cactus requires fertilizer once in the spring and once in the summer. Apply an all-purpose, liquid plant food diluted to ½ strength. Do not fertilize in the fall or winter when plant growth naturally slows.

ADDITIONAL CARE

During the hottest summer months, your Emerald Ripple will appreciate the extra sunlight it gets if you are able to put it outside on a terrace.

TOXICITY

Moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.