Epiphyllums forum: Ok ... where are the "Enablers"?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 14, 2015 4:00 PM CST
Hurray! I know that we have a few members who grow beautiful Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum) and I look forward to seeing ya'lls lovely photos posted here on our brand spanking new Epiphyllum forum! I also hope to see new additions in the Epi database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/children/589130/

*Blush* I have a couple of half-dead Epi's due to lack of care the past few years *Blush*


But, we are moving next May and our property has tons of shade so I hope once we are settled that I can begin anew and I will take better care of them. Green Grin!


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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 14, 2015 7:29 PM CST
Those are gorgeous blooms Lin. I have epiphyllum oxypetalum, strictum, and a noid pink one. I used to have a lot more but I had to throw them away because I couldn't get rid of scale and aphids. The ones I have now are survivors. Thumbs up
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 14, 2015 11:23 PM CST
I've never had aphids, but scale does present a problem from time to time.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 15, 2015 2:58 AM CST
Becky what do you use to control scale?
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 15, 2015 7:15 AM CST
Cameron - I typically garden organically, but with some of my plants, I have to use chemicals. Scale is one of the few plant pest that requires me to use a chemical. I use 2-In-1 Systemic Rose & Flower Care. I mix a diluted treatment (with water) and water the plants with it. It may take a while to see it work, but the chemical will stay in the soil and plant for a very long time. I also have to treat my Gardenia bush (in a container) with this same chemical (for scale also).
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 15, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Lovely blooms Lin!

My epis are hidden right now inside my growcamp together with one Hoya and other succulents that needs to be drier during winter period, nothing showing right now. But I am letting them have some liquid gold today, nothing like Mother Nature's juice..hope it does not get too cold tonight for them. Maybe this will be their last dose for this year, and will really try and protect them from too much cold rain.

I used to just let them survive winter outdoors unprotected, but I do see they struggle a lot, at times barely making it. So giving it a different approach this year and see how it goes.

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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 15, 2015 12:11 PM CST
beckygardener said:Cameron - I typically garden organically, but with some of my plants, I have to use chemicals. Scale is one of the few plant pest that requires me to use a chemical. I use 2-In-1 Systemic Rose & Flower Care. I mix a diluted treatment (with water) and water the plants with it. It may take a while to see it work, but the chemical will stay in the soil and plant for a very long time. I also have to treat my Gardenia bush (in a container) with this same chemical (for scale also).


Thanks for that tip Becky. I've tried using diluted alcohol, neem oil, and insecticidal soap, but none have worked. The scale just comes back with a vengeance. I'll try the Systemic Rose &Flower Care. Thumbs up

@tarev Your epis look great Tarev. I wish I could keep mine outdoors all year.

Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 15, 2015 12:15 PM CST
Here is my epiphyllum oxypetalum, my largest epi Thumbs up
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Nov 15, 2015 1:50 PM CST
Looks very healthy!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 15, 2015 1:58 PM CST
Thanks Carol. I couldn't believe how much it's grown. Hopefully it won't lose a lot of growth like last winter?
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 15, 2015 10:37 PM CST
Oh, I have some too.


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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 15, 2015 11:04 PM CST
OMG! Those are gorgeous epis, Anna!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Nov 16, 2015 8:15 AM CST
I agree Anna, those are drop dead gorgeous and breathtakingly beautiful. Drooling I want some of what she's having. Hilarious! I can't stop looking at those photos. I already feel a new addiction coming on. Thanks for enabling, ah hem . . . sharing. Thumbs up
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Nov 16, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Those are beautiful Anna. What do you feed them to get all those blooms.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2015 10:17 AM CST
Oh Anna, they are stunning!!! You should put a few pictures in the database: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Epiphyllum/ if you don't know the cultivar names you can upload them to the general entry: Epiphyllum (Epiphyllum)
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Nov 16, 2015 11:31 AM CST
I suppose I need to hang my head and admit that I don't have them any more. I did take a start from the red, pink, and yellow, and put them in one hanging basket. I still have that. They just got SO huge I couldn't deal with them. I also have some other epy's..........those have names but I don't have pix. I guess I better take some when they bloom again.

Thanks for the appreciation of them, tho they are no longer with us. LOL
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Nov 16, 2015 12:29 PM CST
Anna, Those were spectacular! Even if you no longer have them, we would love to hear your secret formula for growing them. Drooling
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Nov 16, 2015 2:07 PM CST
I agree We can still learn from others' mistakes/regrets or whatever the case may be. Don't feel bad, I'm sure that all of us at some point, get tired of dealing with certain things, plants included. In fact, that's just about how I got the few cuttings that I do have. A generous enabler on this site offered the ones she was cutting back for postage. Several of us took advantage of the offer. Big Grin
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 16, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Anna the pink one reminds me of German Empress. Thumbs up
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Nov 16, 2015 6:14 PM CST
That one is on my wish list. nodding

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