Epiphyllums forum: New plants a bloom and new shoots

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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 7:34 PM CST
I just got new 4" Epi's one is mooch and the other is Jesse's jewell.
The mooch has 3 blooms. It seems to take for every to open. Since I have never seen an Epi before I am excited to see it bloom. Does it gain in size before it opens? It came in soil.

The Jesse's jewell has new tubular sprouts will these flatten out.
Could I hang these under a trees branches? It gets really hot and dry out there.
I wish the seller had more of Jesse's jewell. I would love more branches.

In a week I should be getting new cuttings. So I will need to root them.
Are there any information sites for Epi's? I am starting to read old posts.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 18, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Hm. No stickys on this forum to help.
Best I can do at the moment is ...Partial sun, fast draining mix, No frost, but dormant in winter, so no feeding and little water in winter.There is a thread for rooting cuttings. Patience is necessary when growing blooming size Epies. Small or immature cuttings usually take longer than mature cuttings. I prefer stem cuttings myself but you only get them from friends/neighbors. Keep in mind that they need to be crowded to bloom well, so don't over pot. You can keep them as houseplants when small, if you have a bright window or grow lights, but they really do best outside under a tree when weather allows. You don't say where in N. Ca., so I don't know what critters you may have. I'm in the city so Snails, Mealy bugs, and Scale are the only pest problems here. Keep reading the threads, and you will pick up lots of tips.And Welcome! to ATP
Carol
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Apr 18, 2016 8:29 PM CST
Welcome! I agree with Carol. How much space do you have. These guys can grow big and as you see more pics of blooms on the threads you will want more plants. We are hungry for photos all the time so please post if you can. Never heard of "the mooch" so would love to see pics of those blooms. We all get impatient. Most cuttings will take at least one year before blooming sometimes 2 years. This is not instant gratification but the wait is worthwhile.
Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
Apr 29, 2016 7:27 PM CST
I have two small rooted plants that both have a bloom on them. Lars just sent me a lot of cuttings. I let them heal a week and half. after I got them. I just planted them in hanging pots. I planted them crowded. But not touching. The pot is shallow. I will not water them. till they root. They are in a bright warm room. I live in the mountains at 3500' so it is not yet warm enough out there. I don't have a lot of bugs on other plants , so I am not worried. I just have to watch what soil I use so the bear stays out. They play in them. Not sure about deer do they like them?
I started with two plants and now have four different colors of cuttings (10 or more per color). So I will wait for those. I have never seen one bloom in real life. The blooms on the two small plants are taking forever. I have had them 4wks. They just keep getting bigger.
I have a huge deck that has an awning (80%) and a large tree that are bright area's but shaded. They will have to come in for the winter. so I might need a fork lift :-)
I will not get addicted..............................
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Apr 29, 2016 8:45 PM CST
Hmmm. Famous last words...
Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
Apr 29, 2016 9:19 PM CST
I forgot to ask. I see the new growth on the rooted plants and they are round. Will they flatten out?
When I planted a few of the cuttings they also had the new round growth. I left it hoping this might have more vim and vinegar in their growth.
Can you tell me how they grow?
Also are 10 cutting in a wide pot ok? they don't touch
Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
May 1, 2016 8:49 PM CST
I would really like to know if it is ok to put several cuttings in a big shallow pot to root?
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
May 1, 2016 11:00 PM CST
Sounds OK to me. As long as the caloused cuttings are about 2 inches into the soil and the roots have some room beneath them to grow they will start just fine.
A couple of years ago I got an old metal rain gutter, you know - about four inches wide and four inches deep and 20 foot long. I lined the cuttings up in soil about 3 inches apart just like soldiers, tilted it a bit so the water drained out the end. Cuttings rooted just fine and got moved to pots when ready.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
May 1, 2016 11:05 PM CST
Looking at your earlier post, don't worry too much about the shape of the shoots. Most shoots start out round and then flatten out, some will shoot from the top or sides of the cutting, others will shoot underground and come up along side the cutting. Some branches might be flat, some might be triangular shaped depending on the variety. As long as the growth is nice and healthy they will do their thing.

If you get buds on your cuttings best to remove them. Cutting needs all its energy to grow roots.

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