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Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Nov 10, 2013 6:18 PM CST
I a know wait and see...
So how long do you imagine I'll have to wait for this bigger bud to open in 40* F night time temperatures... Will it open it seems to be taking forever..
Would it take a 30 * F night..
I guess I should just dig the three of them I have i n a planter too big to move
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sheryl
Nov 10, 2013 8:34 PM CST
Gosh, looks like any minute, huh? I bet when they go they'll be gorgeous!
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purpleinopp
Nov 11, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Yeah! Please add a pic when they pop!
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purpleinopp
Nov 13, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Anything yet?
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webesemps
Nov 13, 2013 11:54 AM CST
I am clueless as to what plant it is, *Blush* so what plant is it?
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Swayback
Nov 13, 2013 3:26 PM CST
It's an orchid cactus, I think...

It's gotta pop soon!

If the colds gunna get it, and if say 30 will get it, then you can just snap off the branch with the flower on it.
It shouldn't affect the lifespan of the flower and you can root it up and have more for later!
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Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Nov 16, 2013 4:08 PM CST
Yes it's an epiphyllum oxypetalum .. The queen of the night... I brought them inside to day... Big leaves. 4 " across and 3 ft long... No wonder it had such nice buds...
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 16, 2013 5:16 PM CST
No doubt, I'd put $20 ON it!
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purpleinopp
Nov 20, 2013 4:55 PM CST
Oh man I'm impatient, anything yet?
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sheryl
Nov 20, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Wow, really? I thought the oxypelatums were pure white - now I'm *really* looking forward to mine 'coming of age'....
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 21, 2013 12:55 AM CST
Well Sheryl, from what I know they ARE white... why do you think otherwise???
Buds, yes... pink, but when they open, the flowers should be white.
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purpleinopp
Nov 21, 2013 9:43 AM CST
I think that's right, Calin. The white parts are petals, pink parts are sepals?
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GordonHawk
Nov 21, 2013 6:47 PM CST
Well...I left them out hoping for the flower to open.. It got. Down to 31.5 they said ..the plant or flower showed no change...a few days later however showed flower stress... So I brought them inside.. The two more developed flowers were limp and hollow feeling...I still had hopes for the last one and tonight I knew it wasn't going to open either.. The idea in the posting was to figure out at that low temperature. What length of time. A long time and I'd had moved them in right away ..I thought it would be soon and kept it out so it would be un disturbed .. As all along it developed quite cool... The plant they say is good to25*F. I'd say the flowers are hurt at below 35*F
This plant is big and healthy so I bet I get another try at flowering from it pretty soon .
Yes...they have a pure white flower... A beauty and a joy to witness it's opening...
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Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Nov 21, 2013 6:55 PM CST
An attempt under unfavorable conditions is success
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purpleinopp
Nov 22, 2013 7:58 AM CST
GordonHawk said:An attempt under unfavorable conditions is success


Well said!

So sorry it didn't work out this time. Thanks for the update though. Cheering for new buds soon! Go, plant, go!

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DavidofDeLand
Nov 22, 2013 1:24 PM CST
I agree

....been growing them forever from my first cutting from a friend in New Orleans and back to home here in Central Florida. Its a lot easier in the South but the plant you have is incredible for Brooklyn. I tip my hat to you.
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Oberon46
Nov 22, 2013 1:24 PM CST
I have two that have grown from small leaves. they are two years old this winter and have sent up long spears in addition to the long floppy leaves. Any idea how old they have to be to bloom. Confused
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 22, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Mature cuttings from the tops of my older plants bloom the first season for me Mary.

This is what those cuttings I root look like. I take the entire tops and leave the fans intact. I like to do 2 to a pot so they are pretty after letting them sit out and skin for a week or two...
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Than again, I have to realize that Alaska and Florida are at two opposite ends of the pole, and seasonal lighting and humidity likely will play into the mix...

Name: Gordon
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GordonHawk
Nov 22, 2013 2:30 PM CST
yes...Tiffany... they will gather themselves together and give another flush of blooms... I found blooms summer and winter on them... My first one was an old souther heirloom one I got from my mothers twin sister... I had it for years and when I returned from a summer or winter vacation I'd see the spent blooms... then it started to bloom for me while I was there... to took maybe 3 or 4 years to get it together to start... I lost mine about the time Velma lost hers also .. to an early freeze... I then got one from Logees and it bloomed out in a year or two and Velma said thet it wasn 't like our old family one... so i asked about for a cutting of one that might be the old southern version for Velma... unfortunately she died before seeing any of these flower... I got one cutting that was reportedly from a 6' wide one in New Orleans... another one from outside Nashville... and another one from CA that had been brouht there from the south... these are the ones I have now...
I love the old stories .. of folks growing them in Appalachian coal towns... where the mother would have one and watch it till it was to open and they would have a party to celebrate the event... and it would bloom a big pure white flower...for the party... the flowers the only real white item in the towns filled with black coal dust... very special..
.By the time I came along...we were delta folks so we didn't have quite that family story... but the festive party aspect of the awaited bloom was still in my families stories of past generations..... they were quite hardy and pieces would travel westward by wagon with the opening of new lands... till they stopped and set up housekeeping...
Thanks David .. it is indeed developed likely from the big New Orleans plant.. it's twice the size of the others started at the same time.. and grown the same way/place I tip my hat to you.
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DavidofDeLand
Nov 22, 2013 3:06 PM CST
Love these plants Gordon,
This is the original plant of mine from New Orleans, and the parent of those I earlier shared. Smiling
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Keep up the good works!

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