Epiphyllums forum: Off season surprise

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Nov 27, 2015 12:46 AM CST
Thought I'd seen the last of blooms for this year and just discovered two buds each on two separate "Wild Plum" plants.
Should bloom early December.
The other photo is Curly Locks plants. Believe it or not these were from seed planted just twelve months ago and they have not stopped growing
I will have to look back for the name of the plant producing the seed pod. It was a cutting received about six months ago. The cutting just about put out a bloom and somehow managed to seed. Totally unexpected.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 27, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Those curly locks are interesting. Can't wait to see blooms!
My Epis are mostly resting, but a couple are putting out new growth. No idea why they are growing at this time of year.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 28, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Oh that is fun! Blooms! At least something good out of the incessant rains you have been having there. I like that curly locks too Lovey dubby
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Nov 28, 2015 11:50 AM CST
Oooh! How exciting!!! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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Nov 28, 2015 12:09 PM CST
I will have to move the Curley Locks pots further apart. I noticed they are becoming entwined in each other and one or two have rooted branches in neighboring pots. Also on further examination I seem to have a spider infestation. The Curly leaves have small cobwebs. Also some black drying along the edge of some leaves. I will be spaying for insects and fungi I think.
Its amazing how rigid and compact the growth is. The leaves are also naturally brittle. Its difficult to pry them apart with breaking. Off course that becomes a cutting.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 28, 2015 1:41 PM CST
Mike, does curly locks bloom? I guess it needs some good dry time, seeing it really has good succulent leaves.
Name: Mike
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microb
Nov 28, 2015 2:47 PM CST
A friend and I agreed that we have both been overwatering. This cloudy humid wet weather has not allowed the greenhouse plants to dry out.

The information I have on Curly Locks says they are prolific night bloomers with small white blooms and seed easily. The fruit is supposed to be edible. There are some pics on line
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 28, 2015 2:54 PM CST
Ah yes..those humid cold conditions, bad combo. nodding

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 29, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Look forward to seeing bloom photos once those buds pop open! I too love the Curly Locks ... very interesting leaves on those ... amazing those are from seeds just a year ago but you do live in an ideal location for beautiful tropical plants!
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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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Dec 10, 2015 1:40 PM CST
More buds than I expected.

This one opened yesterday, Tropical Incense. Buds on three other plants and still waiting for the fruit to ripen. And a couple of Rhipsalis (or is Rhapsilis)
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 10, 2015 2:32 PM CST
looking great! Hope you can keep us in pictures until spring.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Dec 10, 2015 3:19 PM CST
Looks like the buds I have will open in December. In January 2015 I had no blooms, February had 2 blooms so we will have to wait and see.
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beckygardener
Dec 10, 2015 4:01 PM CST
That is AWESOME!!! I can't wait to see more photos! Hurray! Hurray!
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LarryC
Dec 11, 2015 1:57 PM CST
Hi Mike, This should have in reply on Curly Locks.

I had infestation of Scale once. Almost killed plant before I got control.

For all that are interested, blooms are insignificant but I think were daytime or at least blooms lasted several several days. Fruit is red and rare. Never tasted one.. In my opinion, foliage is outstanding and main reason to grow plant Sorry I couldn't find my pictures I had posted to my old and soon to be 'Dave's old site'.
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Name: Mike
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microb
Dec 11, 2015 10:00 PM CST
Just got back from the Greenhouse and found 2 more plants with total of 4 buds.

Larry - will have to wait and see what happens when Curly Locks blooms. Lots of different stories. That's half the fun.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 12, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Btw the blooms of the monstrose form of Epi phyllanthus/Curly Locks do look similar to the Epi phyllanthus var. phyllanthus, ( I have posted my plant here) although the tube is not quite as long. And they only last one night also.

Btw 2 looking at the seed pod in your original post - phyllanthus var phyllanthus is on occasion cleistogamous.

Some years ago we tasted the seed pod of Epi phyllanthus var. phyllanthus, one is reminded of a Dragon fruit, but it is pretty bland. Think of "sugar water with seeds". We tolerated it without a problem, but I would say, Apples taste better! Smiling I suppose if I am stranded on a desert Island without food, I would carefully eat those.
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Name: Mike
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microb
Dec 12, 2015 11:20 AM CST
Thanks Ursula,

I will have to google cleistogamous. (Was he a Roman gardener)? I wish I had the brain to retain all these names and technical details. I try and write things down and then forget where I put the notes so I have to keep referring back to posts like this. No little face below for "frustrating".
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Dec 12, 2015 11:40 AM CST
OK, found the meaning of cleistogamous. So produces a seed pod without needing fertilization from another plant. These forums are such a great place to learn.

Ursula- how long before that seed matures. Stayed the same now for quite some time.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Dec 12, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Hmm, I never really timed them, but it seems like they take some weeks to ripen.
Actually, there are times when the bloom truly never opens on this particular Epiphyllum! It is not that you missed it, it really did stay closed.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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Dec 24, 2015 12:41 PM CST
Merry Christmas everyone,

Yesterdays bloom is Wild Acclaim. The blooms are not as robust at this time of the year. Might have one more open next week and then will have to wait a week for the remaining blooms to open, hopefully five more. They will be the first blooms I've had in January. Still fighting branch rot and still taking replacement cuttings.
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