orchid cactus - Knowledgebase Question

long beach, ca
Question by BadboySkoot
April 30, 2006
I want to give a cutting from mine. What is the best way to do it.
Also, does a bigger pot mean a bigger plant?

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2006


Epiphyllum oxypetalum is the orchid cactus. Asexual reproduction using stem cuttings is the best means of propagation. The stems of Epiphyllum are flattened and leaf-like. Once a cut is made, allow the cutting to dry for at least a week. The end of the cutting should be coated with rooting horomone and then planted in moist, loose potting mix. Tie the cutting to a stake for support. Do not water the cutting for several weeks and then water enough to keep the soil moist.

All members of the Epiphyllum family like to be rootbound so only repot (or grow in a larger pot) if the plant looks distressed or stops flowering.

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