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Dutchman's pipe cactus

Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Dutchman's pipe cactus is part of the Epiphyllum genus. Its scientific name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum. It is a succulent that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Dutchman's pipe cactus is known for its spreading habit and growing to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (9.75 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Dutchman's pipe cactus is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Dutchman's pipe cactus

  • Medium

Does not tolerate frost at all, will die if temperatures range below 10°C.


Should be placed in compost with plenty of humus, during the growing season should be watered more frequently.


Extra light during spring will stimulate flowering.

Remember to water Dutchman's pipe cactus moderately. Dutchman's pipe cactus tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.6 and 7.5 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Dutchman's pipe cactus is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

Growing Dutchman's pipe cactus from seed

Transplanting Dutchman's pipe cactus

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 10°C / 50°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Dutchman's pipe cactus is a tender plant.

Companion plants for Dutchman's pipe cactus

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Dutchman's pipe cactus so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Dutchman's pipe cactus

These plants will not grow well with Dutchman's pipe cactus so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Dutchman's pipe cactus problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Dutchman's pipe cactus plants:

Dutchman's pipe cactus Etymology

“Oxypetalum” is Latin for “with acute petals”, referring to the flowering habits of this succulent.

Other names for Dutchman's pipe cactus

Night blooming cereus

Cereus oxypetalus, Phyllocactus oxypetalus, Cereus latifrons, Epiphyllum latifrons, Epiphyllum acuminatum

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