Epiphyllums forum: 2019 Blooms

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Name: Steve
Perth, Western Australia
Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Vermiculture Region: Australia Hybridizer Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Hillsepicacti
Jan 1, 2019 11:48 PM CST
Mid summer here and 2 very late blooms plus a Selenicereus (they always bloom around this time of year).

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Selenicereus Macdonaldiae. A huge bloom. 12 inches across. One night stand.
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Lady ruffles.
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Gladyce jones. One of the most photogenic epis. Average grower,great blooms!
And I have 3 more coming shortly.
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Name: Liz Fitts
Western Australia
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Jan 3, 2019 6:20 PM CST
Lovely flowers Steve, it really is a shame that Australian ones are nearly finished for the season, ah well I guess before we know it it will be THAT time of the year again!
Only one to go after this one and this is Elkhart.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 3, 2019 7:40 PM CST
Who takes up the lag time? USA Epis won't start for months yet.
Name: Steve
Perth, Western Australia
Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Vermiculture Region: Australia Hybridizer Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Hillsepicacti
Jan 3, 2019 7:48 PM CST
A good question Carol. Anybody? !!
Elkhart is an unusual one Liz. Very nice.
Today.
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WH Morris. Always a late, and shy, bloomer.
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Showboat.
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Kiwi gold and ice. First time bloomer for me.
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Mrs GW Beahm. Another that is always late.
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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Jan 4, 2019 3:49 PM CST
I was out walking Molly and saw that I had just missed another off season bloom in another yard. That's as close as I get to filling in the gap.
Some very lovely late bloomers.
Steve, I guess no one got you that green glove for Christmas ?
Carl
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Jan 8, 2019 3:38 PM CST
Aloha from Hawaii

Still watching but have not posted for a while. I noticed 5 buds on mine while watering and will try and fill the gap at least for this month. I must admit that my attention to my Epis has been limited recently as I focus on forest clearing, pond repairs and planting up areas with gingers, costus , bamboos and bromeliad. I think I have Chainsaw elbow!

Enjoying those Aussie photos!
Name: Liz Fitts
Western Australia
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Jan 8, 2019 9:32 PM CST
I wish my WH Morris had flowered this year Sad , maybe next year!! Just after I said there was only one more, I found another bud Hurray!
This one is Grace Ann, it is a lot darker than the photo depicts!
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Name: Steve
Perth, Western Australia
Cactus and Succulents Cat Lover Vermiculture Region: Australia Hybridizer Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Hillsepicacti
Jan 9, 2019 8:04 PM CST
Carl, no green glove yet. A pity you aren't Santa I would have a pair by now!
Liz, WH Morris is an epi that grows very strongly and has a great bloom that is fragrant too.
However it is a very shy bloomer and late, always around Xmas time. You need a big plant to get blooms.
Here's a rather average pic of one that everyone knows that has been blooming profusely here.
Missed most of them but managed to snag this one before it folded.
A great grower and night bloomer, fragrant too.
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Strictum. (Hookeri).
Carl. Re: Santa.
First you believe in him, then you don't, then you dress up like him and eventually you look like him.
I'm at stage 4.
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Jan 10, 2019 3:22 PM CST
I need the white beard and hair, otherwise I'm there too.
Carl
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Jan 16, 2019 4:25 PM CST
First one of the year for USA? Not sure of the name but I have two more buds on another plant. Might make it before the end of the month or might be February. I manage to get at least one bloom every month of the year.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 16, 2019 6:14 PM CST
4 of mine came crashing down last night, along with the dead lemon branch they were hanging from. The 2.30" of rain was too much for the branch. What a tangled mess! They needed repotting anyway, so when the rain stops long enough I'll have to see what I can do with them. The baskets are sitting on the ground for now. I'm hoping I can save the Achmeas and the Billbergia that they landed on.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Jan 16, 2019 6:50 PM CST
I can imagine the mess Carol. I had two benches collapse during this off season. One bench was a 14 foot long piece of roofing metal. The support on one end collapse and everything slid to a pile on the ground. The second one was a similar length of metal roofing but this one rusted and gave way in the middle so everything collapsed from the ends to the middle. That mess is still there. Only one or two Epis on that bench. The other 2 gallon pots were full of soil and dormant Gladioli.
I think I said recently in my blog that there are always battles to win but we never want to win the war otherwise all the fun has gone away.
Rarely have I seen such a clear blue sky as we have today. A perfect shade of blue and a fresh southwesterly wind.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 16, 2019 7:18 PM CST
Well, I'm always crying about our lack of rain, but now we're in a never ending storm. The street isn't quite dry when the next wave hits. It's making things bad in the burn areas. A lot of those plants that I struggled to keep watered are now drowning. Ah well, one day it's chicken, the next day feathers. Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jan 17, 2019 2:17 PM CST
Hi Carol, I know exactly what you mean, my garden is too rain soaked too. Aeoniums bowing down already. Thankfully the others are still holding.

On the flipside of things, the epis are doing nicely in spite of the rains. Maybe because we are not experiencing any low 20F's. With the rains, it keeps the overnight temps at 40F to 50F range. The city trees finally deciduous, so there is now more light hitting them too.

I do hope it will be a lovely Spring time blooming here later.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 17, 2019 2:58 PM CST
My in ground stuff will be ok, but the potted ones are iffy. My Clivia are in bud (one in bloom) and the pots are soaked with no dry out time between storms. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Steve
Perth, Western Australia
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Hillsepicacti
Jan 17, 2019 6:39 PM CST
Heading for 3 days of 40c and no rain for many weeks here.
Just sayin'!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 17, 2019 6:50 PM CST
Hilarious! Our rain season begins Oct. 1, and I've had more rain in Jan. than I got for the entire season last year. Our so called normal is 13+ inches for the season, but it depends on the micro climates. Our western coastline is not north and south, and we have mountains that come right to the sea, so the numbers vary a lot.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
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tarev
Jan 18, 2019 10:52 AM CST
Ouch, those are real sizzler temps Steve!
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Jan 18, 2019 7:17 PM CST
Carol - How do you survive on 13 inches of rain. We had 248 inches last year.

Steve - just watching the cycling in Adelaide. Not sure how hot 40c is but sounds like about 100f. Everywhere looked brown. Not sure how they keep the vineyards green
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 18, 2019 7:43 PM CST
Mike, Our official total for the season last year was under 4". This series of storms that just ended gave us more than that in 3 days. We depend on the snow pack in the Sierras. The canals run around 700 miles. Also the Colorado river provides about 30% of our water...another 300 mi. You live in Paradise...until the mountain finally blows. I would take my chances with the mountain! Hilarious! If I could afford it.

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