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Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ray, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Known generically as an "orchid cactus", an epiphyllum was the first plant I acquired for myself in college.

    I went to a yard sale, and the gentleman selling it (erroneously) said "It's a night-blooming cereus that just bloomed. It only blooms every seven years, so it's got to go." It was a large, weird-looking plant in a 10" pot for 50 cents, so home it came.

    It bloomed that summer and periodically thereafter, but was another victim of the "big freeze" that wiped out my 20-year orchid collection in 1994.

    Fast forward to this spring, and Yug, a member here, posted a flower photo. I asked if he could send me a cutting, and about a week later, a single leaf arrived. (Thanks again!)

    I half-filled a 4" pot with potting soil and jammed it in. It started growing a single stalk about 6 weeks later, and then the old leaf started forming a bud. I had no idea a plant this small could bloom!

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is really beautiful.
     
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Lovely. These plants can grow into massive specimens with regular care. When I retire I plan to get one of those.
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful!
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I am going to give it a try as a bonsai plant.