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Introducing the Hurricane Cactus, also known as Lepismium cruciforme; it is a unique and eye-catching plant. It belongs to the cactus family and is native to the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Brazil.  

This cactus gets its name from its long, slender, and gracefully drooping stems that resemble the swirling winds of a hurricane. Sometimes the hurricane Cactus is mislisted as Rhipsalis lepismium cruciforme because it was previously classified under the Rhipsalis genus. However, it is now recognized as Lepismium cruciforme. 

Lepismium cruciforme is an epiphytic cactus type, requiring low maintenance, and its roots are not always firmly planted in the ground. These forest cacti tend to live long. This hurricane cactus is olive green under ideal growing conditions but blushes magenta when stressed, giving it the unique name Lepismium cruciformes ‘red tip’. Give it more heat or cold, less water, or fewer nutrients, and you'll get that beautiful hue. 

With tall, thick stems and whitish thorns (prickly thorns are soft and not penetrating), Lepismium cruciforme has a distinctive appearance. These highly variable stem segments are thick and can grow up to 20 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It has soft, pale nodules and leaves that grow downward when kept in a hanging basket. 

The flowers of the hurricane cactus bloom from late winter to early spring and can range in color from white to cream, yellow, deep purple, and pink flowers (rarely magenta).   

To propagate this hurricane cactus; you can simply expand your collection by stem cuttings. Lepismium cruciforme is a very unusual cactus that grows slowly. 

Grow lepismium in a flat-backed pot against a light-colored wall to highlight the plant's brilliant color and a spider-like burst of scalloped leaves.  Or incorporate it into a potted arrangement with other succulents as a cascading accent. However, Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme) is generally safe for cats and dogs if consumed in small amounts. 

Watering Needs

Unlike other desert succulent plants, Lepismium cruciforme is not drought-tolerant and thrives in mesic habitats with a constant water supply, requiring a significant amount of water for survival. These Lepismium are accustomed to receiving a lot of water because both tropical and subtropical rainforest climates experience heavy rainfall. But it's important to strike a balance!  

During the growing period, which is typically spring and summer, you can water your hurricane cactus more frequently. Aim to water it about once a week or whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. In the winter months, when the cactus is in its dormant phase, you can reduce the watering frequency to every two to three weeks. This helps mimic its natural environment and prevents waterlogged roots. 

If you're unsure about the moisture level, you can always check it by inserting your finger into the soil to see if it feels dry. Remember, it's better to be underwater than overwater! 

Light Requirements

The Hurricane Cactus can withstand six hours of full sun or dappled shade. It loves soaking up those morning sun rays, but direct afternoon sun can be a bit too intense for this cactus. So, find a spot for it where it can bask in the glow of bright, filtered light. A few feet away from a sunny window or in a well-lit room would be perfect! 

If you notice that your hurricane cactus isn't getting enough light or not blooming enough flowers, it may start to stretch or lean toward the light source. On the other hand, if it's getting enough sunlight, its leaves may start to turn yellow or develop sunburn spots. So, finding that sweet spot of bright, indirect light is key to keeping your cactus happy. 

During winter in the dormant season, move Lepismium cruciforme to a cool room with minimal sunlight. In early spring, buds develop, so move it to a warmer room with more natural light for healthy plant growth. 

Remember, every cactus is unique, so it's always a good idea to observe your plant and adjust its lighting conditions accordingly. If you notice any signs of light stress, simply move it to a slightly shadier spot or provide some light filtering with a sheer curtain. Your hurricane cactus will appreciate the perfect balance of light and shade! 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

The hurricane cactus Lepismium cruciforme prefers well-drained soil to prevent waterlogging and root rot. A mixture of cactus potting mix and perlite, bark chips, or pumice is ideal for providing good drainage. This type of soil allows excess water to flow out, keeping the roots happy and healthy. Ideally, you want to use our specialized cactus potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing the hurricane cactus, it doesn't require a lot of nutrients. Natural fertilizers NPK also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your hurricane cactus some love with some awesome organic fertilizer! Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize your cactus. 

During the dormant season, which is usually in the winter months, you can hold off on fertilizing as the cactus isn't actively growing. This mimics its natural growth cycle and allows it to rest. Always make sure to water the cactus before fertilizing to prevent any potential root damage. 

Hardiness Zone & More

The Lepismium cruciforme is native to arid areas and prefers warm temperatures and moderate humidity and is not cold hardy. It should not be planted in areas with frequent temperatures below 40°F. The ideal temperature for growth is 60°-75° during summer, while during dormancy, it prefers a slightly lower constant temperature between 60°-65° during the day and at night time temperatures should be 40°-45°. It thrives in hardiness zones 10-12, which are typically found in tropical and subtropical areas. So, make sure to keep it in a cozy spot where it can enjoy those warm tropical vibes! 

In terms of humidity, the Hurricane Cactus prefers moderate levels. It can tolerate slightly drier conditions, but it appreciates some humidity to mimic its native environment. You can increase humidity levels by placing a tray of water near the cactus or misting it with water occasionally. Just make sure not to overdo it, as excessive moisture can lead to fungal issues. 

Be sure to add Lepismium cruciforme hurricane cactus to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning-looking plant.

Bloom Season Late winter, early spring
Botanical Name Lepismium cruciforme
Common Name Hurricane Cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, white, deep purple, yellow, rarely magenta
Genus Lepismium
Growth Habit Hanging, trailing
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 12
Mature Size 20 in. tall, 8 in. wide
Native Area Brazil
Plant Type Epiphytic Plant, Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat tolerant, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Unique foliage
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Moderate

Pests & Common Problems of Hurricane Cactus

One of the great things about hurricane cacti is its resilience to pests and diseases.  However, like any cactus, it's important to keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. If you notice any signs of infestation, simply wipe the affected areas with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. The common problems of Hurricane Cactus can include:

Sunburn: The hurricane cactus prefers bright, indirect light, but direct sunlight can cause sunburn. Place it in a location with filtered light. 

Overwatering: Too much water might cause root rot and other problems. In between waterings, let the soil dry out. 

By being mindful of these common problems and taking appropriate measures, you can keep your Lepismium cruciforme healthy and happy.

FAQs - Hurricane Cactus Plant

Is Lepismium cruciforme a Rhipsalis? 

Lepismium cruciforme is closely related to epiphytic cacti like Rhipsalis, but not a Rhipsalis. They share similar growth habits and adaptations to thrive in their natural habitats. 

For this reason, sometimes the hurricane cactus is mislisted as Rhipsalis lepismium cruciforme. However, it is now recognized as Lepismium cruciforme which is a unique and beautiful plant in its own right. 

Is Hurricane Lepismium poisonous? 

No, Lepismium is not considered to be poisonous. It is generally safe for humans and pets. However, it's always a good idea to keep any plant out of reach of small children or curious pets to prevent accidental ingestion. 

Is hurricane cactus toxic to cats and dogs? 

No, Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme) is not considered toxic to cats. It is generally safe for cats if ingested in small amounts. However, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on your pets around plants and consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns. 

How do you take care of a hurricane cactus? 

To take care of a Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme), you'll want to provide it with the right conditions. For watering, make sure to let the soil dry out between waterings, as overwatering can lead to root rot.  

Give it bright, indirect light for at least 4-6 hours daily, but avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. As for temperature, it prefers a warm and humid environment, so aim for temperatures between 65-85°F (USDA zones 10-12). Fertilize it with a balanced cactus fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth. And remember, occasional misting can help maintain the desired humidity.

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Introducing the Hurricane Cactus, also known as Lepismium cruciforme; it is a unique and eye-catching plant. It belongs to the cactus family and is native to the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Brazil.  

This cactus gets its name from its long, slender, and gracefully drooping stems that resemble the swirling winds of a hurricane. Sometimes the hurricane Cactus is mislisted as Rhipsalis lepismium cruciforme because it was previously classified under the Rhipsalis genus. However, it is now recognized as Lepismium cruciforme. 

Lepismium cruciforme is an epiphytic cactus type, requiring low maintenance, and its roots are not always firmly planted in the ground. These forest cacti tend to live long. This hurricane cactus is olive green under ideal growing conditions but blushes magenta when stressed, giving it the unique name Lepismium cruciformes ‘red tip’. Give it more heat or cold, less water, or fewer nutrients, and you'll get that beautiful hue. 

With tall, thick stems and whitish thorns (prickly thorns are soft and not penetrating), Lepismium cruciforme has a distinctive appearance. These highly variable stem segments are thick and can grow up to 20 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It has soft, pale nodules and leaves that grow downward when kept in a hanging basket. 

The flowers of the hurricane cactus bloom from late winter to early spring and can range in color from white to cream, yellow, deep purple, and pink flowers (rarely magenta).   

To propagate this hurricane cactus; you can simply expand your collection by stem cuttings. Lepismium cruciforme is a very unusual cactus that grows slowly. 

Grow lepismium in a flat-backed pot against a light-colored wall to highlight the plant's brilliant color and a spider-like burst of scalloped leaves.  Or incorporate it into a potted arrangement with other succulents as a cascading accent. However, Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme) is generally safe for cats and dogs if consumed in small amounts. 

Watering Needs

Unlike other desert succulent plants, Lepismium cruciforme is not drought-tolerant and thrives in mesic habitats with a constant water supply, requiring a significant amount of water for survival. These Lepismium are accustomed to receiving a lot of water because both tropical and subtropical rainforest climates experience heavy rainfall. But it's important to strike a balance!  

During the growing period, which is typically spring and summer, you can water your hurricane cactus more frequently. Aim to water it about once a week or whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. In the winter months, when the cactus is in its dormant phase, you can reduce the watering frequency to every two to three weeks. This helps mimic its natural environment and prevents waterlogged roots. 

If you're unsure about the moisture level, you can always check it by inserting your finger into the soil to see if it feels dry. Remember, it's better to be underwater than overwater! 

Light Requirements

The Hurricane Cactus can withstand six hours of full sun or dappled shade. It loves soaking up those morning sun rays, but direct afternoon sun can be a bit too intense for this cactus. So, find a spot for it where it can bask in the glow of bright, filtered light. A few feet away from a sunny window or in a well-lit room would be perfect! 

If you notice that your hurricane cactus isn't getting enough light or not blooming enough flowers, it may start to stretch or lean toward the light source. On the other hand, if it's getting enough sunlight, its leaves may start to turn yellow or develop sunburn spots. So, finding that sweet spot of bright, indirect light is key to keeping your cactus happy. 

During winter in the dormant season, move Lepismium cruciforme to a cool room with minimal sunlight. In early spring, buds develop, so move it to a warmer room with more natural light for healthy plant growth. 

Remember, every cactus is unique, so it's always a good idea to observe your plant and adjust its lighting conditions accordingly. If you notice any signs of light stress, simply move it to a slightly shadier spot or provide some light filtering with a sheer curtain. Your hurricane cactus will appreciate the perfect balance of light and shade! 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs

The hurricane cactus Lepismium cruciforme prefers well-drained soil to prevent waterlogging and root rot. A mixture of cactus potting mix and perlite, bark chips, or pumice is ideal for providing good drainage. This type of soil allows excess water to flow out, keeping the roots happy and healthy. Ideally, you want to use our specialized cactus potting mix that contains over 10 natural substrates and organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

When it comes to fertilizing the hurricane cactus, it doesn't require a lot of nutrients. Natural fertilizers NPK also last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. So, skip those harsh chemicals and give your hurricane cactus some love with some awesome organic fertilizer! Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize your cactus. 

During the dormant season, which is usually in the winter months, you can hold off on fertilizing as the cactus isn't actively growing. This mimics its natural growth cycle and allows it to rest. Always make sure to water the cactus before fertilizing to prevent any potential root damage. 

Hardiness Zone & More

The Lepismium cruciforme is native to arid areas and prefers warm temperatures and moderate humidity and is not cold hardy. It should not be planted in areas with frequent temperatures below 40°F. The ideal temperature for growth is 60°-75° during summer, while during dormancy, it prefers a slightly lower constant temperature between 60°-65° during the day and at night time temperatures should be 40°-45°. It thrives in hardiness zones 10-12, which are typically found in tropical and subtropical areas. So, make sure to keep it in a cozy spot where it can enjoy those warm tropical vibes! 

In terms of humidity, the Hurricane Cactus prefers moderate levels. It can tolerate slightly drier conditions, but it appreciates some humidity to mimic its native environment. You can increase humidity levels by placing a tray of water near the cactus or misting it with water occasionally. Just make sure not to overdo it, as excessive moisture can lead to fungal issues. 

Be sure to add Lepismium cruciforme hurricane cactus to your collection today and elevate the beauty of your home or garden, with this stunning-looking plant.

Bloom Season Late winter, early spring
Botanical Name Lepismium cruciforme
Common Name Hurricane Cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color Pale pink, white, deep purple, yellow, rarely magenta
Genus Lepismium
Growth Habit Hanging, trailing
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 12
Mature Size 20 in. tall, 8 in. wide
Native Area Brazil
Plant Type Epiphytic Plant, Cactus
Propagation By stem cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat tolerant, deer resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Unique foliage
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Safe for humans, friendly to dogs, friendly to cats
Watering Needs Moderate

Pests & Common Problems of Hurricane Cactus

One of the great things about hurricane cacti is its resilience to pests and diseases.  However, like any cactus, it's important to keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. If you notice any signs of infestation, simply wipe the affected areas with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. The common problems of Hurricane Cactus can include:

Sunburn: The hurricane cactus prefers bright, indirect light, but direct sunlight can cause sunburn. Place it in a location with filtered light. 

Overwatering: Too much water might cause root rot and other problems. In between waterings, let the soil dry out. 

By being mindful of these common problems and taking appropriate measures, you can keep your Lepismium cruciforme healthy and happy.

FAQs - Hurricane Cactus Plant

Is Lepismium cruciforme a Rhipsalis? 

Lepismium cruciforme is closely related to epiphytic cacti like Rhipsalis, but not a Rhipsalis. They share similar growth habits and adaptations to thrive in their natural habitats. 

For this reason, sometimes the hurricane cactus is mislisted as Rhipsalis lepismium cruciforme. However, it is now recognized as Lepismium cruciforme which is a unique and beautiful plant in its own right. 

Is Hurricane Lepismium poisonous? 

No, Lepismium is not considered to be poisonous. It is generally safe for humans and pets. However, it's always a good idea to keep any plant out of reach of small children or curious pets to prevent accidental ingestion. 

Is hurricane cactus toxic to cats and dogs? 

No, Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme) is not considered toxic to cats. It is generally safe for cats if ingested in small amounts. However, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on your pets around plants and consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns. 

How do you take care of a hurricane cactus? 

To take care of a Hurricane Cactus (Lepismium cruciforme), you'll want to provide it with the right conditions. For watering, make sure to let the soil dry out between waterings, as overwatering can lead to root rot.  

Give it bright, indirect light for at least 4-6 hours daily, but avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. As for temperature, it prefers a warm and humid environment, so aim for temperatures between 65-85°F (USDA zones 10-12). Fertilize it with a balanced cactus fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth. And remember, occasional misting can help maintain the desired humidity.

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