Until last year, I didn’t really know anything about epiphyllums. I was surprised to see one in package or dragon fruit cuttings a gardening member sent. I planted it in soil, and I didn’t know it had to callus over for a week or two before planting. He ended up sending me more and I planted those in soil too. It was early spring so the constant rain caused several cuttings to rot. After a couple of months of waiting, the cuttings sprouted new growth. Once summer came around, the cuttings grew incredibly fast. I ended up giving the plants several haircuts because the stems were getting tangled.
After giving away several cuttings to friends, I decided to grow them in hanging baskets.
I got some more epi cuttings from a friend. He sent me various colors, and even after letting them callus for a couple of weeks, some still rotted. I think it may have been because it was late in the year. One variety (German Empress) Completely rotted, even after I cut the rotting parts out and let it callus over again. He told me GE was one of the more difficult epis to root. Anyways I still have a NoID red, Alter Ego, Shingleton, Rose Queen, and an Heirloom one that has a fuchsia bloom. I tried several potting mixes, and the epi hybrids seem to enjoy the potting mix that I have now, which has orchid bark and lots of perlite in it. It drains very well. It will probably be a long time until I see blooms, but epis are very interesting plants to grow.
Here is a picture of my Epi hybrids that I staked up with 2’ stakes and velcro used for plants. I’ll use tomato cages once the epis grow larger. I also wanted to post pictures of my three Epiphyllum Oxypetalum plants in hanging baskets. All of the epis seem to enjoy the high humidity and dew points.
- 17 Jun, 2012
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