The hurricane cactus (Lepismium cruciforme) is an epiphytic cactus characterized by its long, three-sided ridged stem segments that sprout thick white tufts along the areoles. Stem segments vary in length and can grow long, 18-22" inches or more.
It does flower, producing red pods that resemble berries with pink flowers.
CARE + MAINTENANCE
Light + temperature
Unlike many cacti, Lepismium cruciforme prefer bright, indirect light as opposed to direct sun. Direct sun can stress the plant and damage the stem segments, turning them bright magenta. Dappled morning light or southern exposure is perfect for this plant.
Maintain indoor temperatures of 55-79° F, but this plant is hardy to colder temperatures of just above freezing.
The Lepismium cruciforme prefers to be watered on a more frequent schedule than most cacti or succulents. In the summer months, if your plant gets proper drainage, you should provide a good watering twice per month.
Pet safe — this plant is non-toxic.
This plant is an easy propagator! The easiest way to propagate a Lepismium cruciforme is to remove a rooted segment from the main plant, and re-pot in soil immediately. Eventually your cutting will sprout additional stem segments.
Pot with a low-moisture cactus mix.
What do I do if my Lepismium cruciforme turns magenta?
Your plant is probably just getting too much sun exposure. Not to worry! Simply relocate it to a spot that gets a little less sun during the day, and it will calm down. The stress likely won't kill the plant; some enthusiasts purposely stress the plants to maintain the color!
Origin + Shipping
All our plants are grown domestically in the United States in Florida, California, or Hawaii, and comply with all phytosanitary and quarantine regulations.
Plants are expertly packed by our team and shipped in plastic grow pots to ensure the least amount of damage during shipping. Heat packs are automatically included when plants are shipped to cold climates.