How to care for your Lepismium Bolivianum?
Lepismium species are jungle cacti. Meaning that they won’t survive strong direct sunlight. They much more appreciate bright but indirect light, as they would get in their natural habitat in the tropical areas of South- and Central America.
Only water your Lepismium Bolivianum when the the soil is barren and very dry. Too much water will rot your Lepismium. Between November and the beginning of March, put your Lepismium on a diet with a splash of water once a month. In March, you build up again with first twice a month and when the sun rises nicely in heat (May) a shot of water every week.
A light soil mixture is best to keep your Lepismium happy. You can use special cacti soil, which you can get at most garden centers. Alternatively you can mix some regular potting soil with some perlite and/or sand. For ultimate drainage you can even use some clay pebbles on the bottom of the pot to absorb to excess water.
Lepismium will do perfectly fine in any regular house hold environment. To keep them in excellent condition however its advisable to keep the humidity at leas at 50%.
In the growing season you can fertilize your Lepismium without a problem. You can either use a special fertilizer for cacti or use a general fertilizer for house plants. Which one you choose, always check the care instructions before using the product.
The best time to repot is during the beginning of the growing season. When you repot your plant it’s best to use a new pot which is 20% bigger. This will give the roots some space to continue to grow. Repotting can be done once a year or every other year, depending on the size of the plant and its roots.
Lepismium are non-toxic to both human and animals.