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  • Easy, Blooming Cactus
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Below Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 2-3 Feet
  • Pet Safe 

Combing the net for a curious cactus that captivates conversation? If so, then, Curly Sue Cactus may be your ideal catch. This slow-growing, leafless epiphyte, originating from Central America, possesses evergreen stems that twist and curve as they pose as foliage. This low maintenance cactus thrives in bright indirect light; average temperatures; and average humidity. As if its unique stems were not interesting enough, this perennial also yields attractive 3-inch ivory flowers and petite crimson berries. Curly Sue Cactus is a great option for any newbie gardener with little free time to spare, and it will surely be the talk of your home/office as it provides charm and color year round.

Best Locations For Growing Curly Sue Cactus

Curly Sue Cactus thrives in bright indirect light; temperatures between 50°F to 90°F with 65°F as the prime target; and humidity levels ranging between 40% to 50%. A bathroom is an ideal location. Also, since this lovely house plant is nontoxic to people and pets, you can maintain this striking cactus in any room and not worry about little hands or paws being at risk.

Curly Sue Cactus Sunlight Requirements

In spite of being a cactus, Curly Sue does not appreciate desert-like conditions. These leafless perennials prefer bright indirect light. Any room with south-facing, west-facing or east-facing windows should suffice; keep this beauty out of bright direct sunlight to prevent sunburn. 

Curly Sue Cactus Care

Curly Sue prefers acidic, well-draining, house plant potting soil amended with peat moss and sand/perlite/coco coir. This slow-growing epiphytic evergreen will normally need to be repotted only every seven years or so. Preferring its roots to be more crowded than most plants when it flowers, it is wise to wait to repot after the blooming season ends. When that time arrives, simply repot your Curly Sue Cactus in a pot that is one to two inches bigger than the old pot. If one Curly Sue Cactus is simply not enough and you desire more? This plant can be propagated by using stem cuttings or seeds. 

If provided appropriate care, Curly Sue Cactus produces delicate 3-inch ivory blooms that open at night. Sometimes, after these perennials bloom, they also yield petite crimson berries bearing a pleasant taste. The exhausted blooms should be trimmed in order to promote growth; prevent disease; and enhance its appearance. Otherwise, slow-growing Curly Sue Cactus requires little to no pruning.

Watering Curly Sue Cactus

In spite of being a cactus, Curly Sue Cactus does need regular water. Let the soil dry out in between waterings, and water when the top third of soil is dry. Usually, you will need to water this lovely house plant about one time every 10 days.

Feeding Curly Sue Cactus

Once or twice per month during the spring and summer, feed your Curly Sue Cactus a balanced water-soluble fertilizer at half-strength. During the onset of fall and the end of winter, feed it another fertilizer with less nitrogen to encourage more abundant and vibrant flowers. Avoid regularly feeding this evergreen cactus while dormant in the winter.

Curly Sue Cactus Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Below Average - Let the soil dry completely, then, water deeply.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 2-3 feet
Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 40° - 9°F (4° - -13°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Curly Sue Cactus
Other Name(s): Curly Cactus, Orchid Cactus, Curly Locks Cactus
Scientific Name: Epiphyllum guatemalense
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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