Epiphyllums forum: Anyone else have blooming Epiphyllums?

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 10, 2015 10:22 PM CST
I have several epis, but most are cuttings that have yet to bloom. The one that I have that is my oldest plant and blooms reliably is E. oxypetalum. I walked out on the porch tonight to let my dog out for a potty break and the fragrance about knocked me over! I knew right away what it was and saw those big bold white blooms! I wished I could bottle up that scent because it is divine to my nose!

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There were 6 blooms on this one plant tonight:

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Do you grow Epiphyllums and can share some bloom photos?

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Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Aug 10, 2015 11:01 PM CST
wonderful!

(Not yet...but maybe in a few years. I was so inspired last winter that I bought a few cuttings. The new kittens thought they were fun to play with one night Rolling my eyes. , but they are out of harms way now and I only lost one, so I have my fingers crossed for future joy)
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 10, 2015 11:02 PM CST
Is yours the same species as the one that I posted above or a different cultivar?
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Cinta
Aug 11, 2015 12:11 AM CST
I have a red one that blooms in the Spring. I lost the one you have blooming. I do have one that has three buds should bloom in a week. I do not know what color it is I purchased it on sale from my local nursery as a noid on sale
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 11, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Cinta - Sorry to hear you lost E. oxypetalum. I hope you will post a photo when your unknown Epi blooms! I would love to see it! Thumbs up
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Aug 11, 2015 8:44 AM CST
Yes!
I got oxypetalum first and foremost Smiling
also El Mira Paetz and Young Nun and a couple other flashy, gaudy ones whose names I cannot remember at the moment
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
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SALL20
Aug 11, 2015 8:45 AM CST
Oh, I'm envious! I have one like yours, but it is still very young. I took cuttings from a neighbor's plant last year. It is growing well, so I hope to get to post a photo one day. Do you know how old they need to be to bloom? Also, is there anything special I need to do to get it to bloom?
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 11, 2015 8:53 AM CST
I hope y'all will post some photos when they bloom! Thumbs up

SALL20 - Here is a website link that I refer to for growing info about Epis:
http://www.theamateursdigest.com/epis.htm
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Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
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SALL20
Aug 11, 2015 10:11 AM CST
Wow! Thank you for that link. I see some interesting reading in my future. 😀
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 11, 2015 10:12 AM CST
You are welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Aug 11, 2015 10:53 AM CST
I have about 8 epi hybrids or cultivars. They bloomed back in May.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 11, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Kelli - Did you take any photos?

Mine bloom off and on here. I guess they like the humidity of Florida. I know you are pretty dry out there in CA right now.
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Aug 11, 2015 2:47 PM CST
I took photos. I'll see what I can dig up. Nothing has been organized since 2013.

Michelle Davis
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no ID
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Wild Thing
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Sunset Boulevard
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Moonlight Sonata
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no ID (Disocactus?)
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American Sweetheart
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Pierrette
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Roman Holiday
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 11, 2015 5:13 PM CST
Kelli - Those bloom photos blew me away! WOW!!!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I have about 5-6 more epi cultivars that haven't ever bloomed for me. (Well maybe one or two of the older ones have, but the newest ones need a lot of growth before I can ever expect blooms.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Aug 11, 2015 8:05 PM CST
great fun! Thanks Kelli

I remember way back when--before I had even heard of 'epies', long before I ever saw the flowers, I always saw these massive, gnarly, weirdo-looking-tough-as-nails-beatup-and-scarred-and-yet-somehow-resilient cactus type things flopping all over in the strangest places--like all over the front entrance of some random coffee/breakfast place--in my travels. I always wondered why there were so many of those things hogging up all the space and only a few single specimens of plants that I recognized, like a Jade or a Croton Hilarious!
It took me a looooong time to put it together Rolling on the floor laughing
and then @rocklady pushed me right over the abyss with her banner and stories and pictures (thanks Jean Smiling )
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/750272/

I hope my cuttings survive and make flowers some year Thumbs up
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Aug 12, 2015 9:02 AM CST
@dirtdorphins You are welcome, Dirt. I certainly hope your cuttings survive, but it takes a lot to kill one so I think it is safe to say that one day you will be enjoying blooms, too. Thumbs up

@beckygardener You are right. If we could figure out a way to bottle up that epi oxy fragrance we could make a fortune! That fragrance is hard to describe but once you've experienced it, it's hard to forget.
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tarev
Aug 12, 2015 9:02 AM CST
That is a lovely bloom Becky! I also love epis, adopted them from Sue a few years ago. I usually get my blooms here in my area during Spring and sometimes early Summer. It is hit and miss in my area, just depends how hot it goes I guess. In my very dry area, got to step up watering to help it.

This noid epi has been generous this year, gave two blooms:
May 2015
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June 2015
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This one is Epi 'Newport' which I got from a garden show in 2011, I grew it first indoors by our west facing window and was rather slow, then I decided to bring it out and it responded much better, finally blooming in May 2013. It taught me a lot of what epis needed, more light and more water in our dry area Smiling
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Aug 12, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Thank you for your compliments. Like Dirtdorphins alluded to, I keep the kind of scraggly plants around all year for the wonderful flowers. I saw a quote that said something like, 'Epiphyllums are what other flowers wish they were.'
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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Aug 12, 2015 8:20 PM CST
Hello, Hello,

Great to find other folks interested in Epi's. I'm trying to get a forum for just Epis so we need as many folks as possible interested.
I've been hooked for about 8 years. Obsessed is a better word. Just a hobby but have about 700 pots and maybe 70 different varieties. Not all have bloomed yet. Had about 800 blooms this year. Currently waiting for about 12 Strictum buds to open and quite a number of Queen of the Night. Flowering season is amost finished but now thinking about cleaning up the plants and taking more cuttings. New greenhouse going up in the next week or so.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Aug 12, 2015 8:33 PM CST
tarev - Gorgeous photos and I like the collage photos you created! NICE!!!

Hi microb! Beautiful epis you have in all those photos! That is an amazing collection! I don't know where you are putting all of them! Wow!

For those interested in having a forum specifically for Epiphyllums, post your support of a new forum on this thread:
The thread "New Plant forum for Epiphyllums" in Site Talk forum
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