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xShainax
Jul 23, 2014 10:22 PM CST
Uh...I checked on my plants on Tuesday and my cactus didn't have a flower. Tonight I let out my dog and found this. I have had the cactus for 8 years and this is the first time it has ever flowered.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jul 23, 2014 10:35 PM CST
Finally! Congrats... Hurray!
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xShainax
Jul 23, 2014 10:51 PM CST
Thought it was a bug. Glad I checked before doing anything rash. I am just surprised since she is a pathetic little plant.
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tarev
Jul 23, 2014 11:12 PM CST
Always fun to see a bloom! Woohoo!
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xShainax
Jul 23, 2014 11:29 PM CST
Can anyone identify the cactus?
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tarev
Jul 24, 2014 11:08 AM CST
I'd say it is some kind of epiphyllum.
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SongofJoy
Jul 24, 2014 11:40 AM CST
I agree It does look like an Epi.
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Stush2019
Jul 24, 2014 12:03 PM CST
I agree and they are not the easiest ones to bloom. Hopefully it will bloom more and more every year for you. They come in different colors.
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tarev
Jul 24, 2014 12:55 PM CST
Give them lots of light, and not too hot, as long as there is access to bright light. Remember to keep the media moist, it does not like drying out like its desert cousins.
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xShainax
Jul 24, 2014 1:14 PM CST
So, treat it like my Thansgiving cactus? I make sure my thanksgiving cactus is inside when it gets too hot out.
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tarev
Jul 24, 2014 7:44 PM CST
A little stronger light than what you give your Thanksgiving cactus, but not direct scorching one.

sundanz
Jul 28, 2014 7:33 AM CST
It's an Epi! I have one but it hadn't bloomed yet but is throwing out new leaves! Congrats on your flower! Epis are beautiful plants!!
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xShainax
Jul 29, 2014 2:02 AM CST
Here are a few updated pictures of the bloom. I can't wait to see it open up all the way. I am surprised with it flowering. My aunt is a horticulturist and has never had her epi flower on her even though she takes good care of hers. I barely water it in the winter, and I have never fertilized it.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jul 30, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Looks very cute! I also do not fertilize my epis yet, seems so carefree and really took off when I brought it outside. Smiling It does need good bright light to encourage those blooms. And I guess the bloom time depends on what cultivar it is. My epis usually blooms during Spring, oftentimes gets blasted, as temps are still trying to stabilize from winter to spring. I am treating it like my outdoor orchids, planted in orchid media, though it gets a bit more water than the orchids.
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xShainax
Aug 2, 2014 9:02 PM CST
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SongofJoy
Aug 3, 2014 5:06 AM CST
That color is beautiful, xShainax. Well done. Thumbs up
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Stush2019
Aug 3, 2014 9:56 AM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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xShainax
Aug 4, 2014 10:15 AM CST
IT OPENED :D
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Dutchlady1
Aug 4, 2014 10:23 AM CST
How beautiful!
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xShainax
Aug 4, 2014 11:29 AM CST
Thank you. Smiling I didn't think it would be that big or colorful.

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