Question: I have a question about orchid cactus development practices. Most of the older “leaves” remain green, but I try to be careful about watering, but they are slightly twisted. The soil is always wet, and I only drink it when it dries up to my first knee. Surprisingly, even on these sharp leaves, there is new growth, and it is always shiny and strong. Is this the only way to grow these plants?
A: Erpilium, also known as the orchid cactus, or Ceres, which blooms at night, is a unique type of cactus — they are found in the wild. Unlike other cactus, their roots like to be wet, but not too wet. But they do not have the leaves of the cactus. The leaves on this plant are long, flat, modified stems. It is important to remember that some care changes do not change the changes in these stems. If the stem is exposed to the sun (usually yellow), you may experience wrinkles when you are exposed to cold temperatures, or if you do not get enough water. They seem to be doing the right thing by watering, but they may want to reevaluate to make sure they don’t get too dry. Leaf-like variants do not melt, as do many other houseplants. New, healthy arrivals are a good sign of a return to normalcy.