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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 2, 2012 10:36 AM CST
I don't know what to do with my epi it's an oxy i believe.If it keeps going it going to touch the ceiling on the counter i will have to put it on the floor!!!

Please help!!!! Thumb of 2012-12-02/jojoe/e7f31e
last measurement it was 2"5' tall from soil to tip and getting taller everyday,what can i do with it? will it ever lay over,it's a starter plant not even a year old. Confused
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SongofJoy
Dec 2, 2012 10:42 AM CST
As epiphytes, that's their natural growth pattern. Move it closer to the light but not in direct sunlight.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2012 1:49 PM CST
I agree with SongofJoy, that's the natural growth habit of Epiphyllum oxypetalum, they don't lay flat ... they climb.
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 2, 2012 6:04 PM CST
In front of the counter it's sitting on which is between my kitchen & part of the living room is a bay window,the plant is sitting in front of the bay.Move it closer to the bay.I just put the plant there because it was sitting in front of a window that got a lot of morning sun and bright light during a lot of the day,i thought maybe i was giving it to much sun.The other 4 are doing great and are still in front of the sunny window.I have to say i have been very surprised by these plants,you never know what they are going to do.I had 1 that did nothing then just took off growing.

I have noticed the tip of the long skinny thing the epi is growing it's turned into a pointed tip & is growing the little edges they grow,sorry i don't know what to call them.In time it will probably end up being serrated tips.I have decided they will be grown on trellis's or at least that one & 2 others.

Thank you !!!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 3, 2012 4:22 AM CST
They can take a lot of sun (even direct sun) but sun coming through a window can be intensified to the point of burn. In nature they grow up trees so receive sun but also some shade from the tree canopy, leaves, etc.

Looks like you're doing fine. Thumbs up
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Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Dec 3, 2012 5:18 AM CST

Why not just allow it to do what it want's to do? It wants to like in nature go towards bright light then change form/shape so let it. Climb or crawl, Epi's love light at latter stage when they have reached the upper canopy.
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Masud.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 3, 2012 7:39 AM CST
I think that's what she's doing. nodding Thumbs up
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Dec 4, 2012 11:13 AM CST
yep,waiting on it to reach the ceiling. Hilarious! I looked at the tip this morning and the entire thing is round up to the top,where it seems to be getting a little flatter and has developed the notches.I don't know what the end product will be with the one (i don't know what to call it) leaf,stem.It will be interesting i must say.Thumb of 2012-12-04/jojoe/3b4fd5
this is when it started.
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this is the others i have.The one in the middle grew the 2 big,thick leaves very quickly and then i seen no more growth out of it until the new growth you see came up at once and at the same time the oxy started it's new growth.The light & temp must have been just right for a period of time because all my epi's got new growth at that time. Confused Lovey dubby
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Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Dec 4, 2012 11:37 AM CST
jojoe,
This picture is the mother plant that your cuttings came from
that I sent to you in the fall. It has the same type of growths
that yours have now.
I counted nine of the spikes and they are reaching for the ceiling.
I have stakes on my list to buy when I go to town because without
staking, the growth gets too tall and heavy with leaves and arches
over - taking too much room growing outward.

Good luck with your epic,
Louise
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 4, 2012 12:05 PM CST
Agree with the others..the epi is just seeking some more sun. If you have an outdoor area with an awning, I think you can place it there too. Mine is outdoors, not even in an awning and just got rained upon last weekend, and with the up and down cool temps it is displaying a nice reddish hue, and plumpier quad shaped tips. Smiling My first year to let it out during fall/winter..under observation, so far doing well, only mishap it got over the weekend when it got knocked down by my falling rat tail cacti. Rolling my eyes.

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gg5
Dec 4, 2012 12:25 PM CST
When do they bloom? I read somewhere that new cuttings take 3 years before blooming, and if the temp goes below 50F it won't set blooms
Does anyone know? I have several cuttings...I love how the new growth is so dark reddish orange!
I'll put photos of mine up here soon
Cheers
Greg

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 4, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Both my Epiphyllum oxypetalum and my Epiphyllum hookeri bloom during the summer months.

You all should add your photo's to the database: Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
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KAMasud
Dec 4, 2012 2:42 PM CST
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The above Euphorbia is growing wild in zone 7b and according to theory it should not be alive. Look at the rock face it is growing upon, this rock faces South. In winter the rock formation heats up due to sun which does modify the environment from zone 7b to 9b. At night the heat being radiated by the rock face protects the plant from frost. I was quite surprised when I saw it, it grows in zone 10/11 not zone 7b so I spent some time to find out its secret and the secret was in the South facing rock wall and what ever heat it accumulates during the day.
Any way the point is, find a South facing wall and even a lean to plastic tent like structure can keep your Epi's happy enough to survive and if its a balcony outside a window which faces South, it would be better. You can keep the window cracked open to heat up the plastic tent further.
Let your imaginations work with above in mind, who knows you may come up with a better option.
Regards,
Masud.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 4, 2012 2:56 PM CST
plantladylin said:Both my Epiphyllum oxypetalum and my Epiphyllum hookeri bloom during the summer months.

You all should add your photo's to the database: Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)


I want to see first how my plant will look like in bloom. Have never ever seen it in bloom. When it does, then I will add it to the database. Smiling
Name: tarev
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tarev
Dec 4, 2012 2:59 PM CST
KAMasud said:Thumb of 2012-12-04/KAMasud/168eb0
The above Euphorbia is growing wild in zone 7b and according to theory it should not be alive. Look at the rock face it is growing upon, this rock faces South. In winter the rock formation heats up due to sun which does modify the environment from zone 7b to 9b. At night the heat being radiated by the rock face protects the plant from frost. I was quite surprised when I saw it, it grows in zone 10/11 not zone 7b so I spent some time to find out its secret and the secret was in the South facing rock wall and what ever heat it accumulates during the day.
Any way the point is, find a South facing wall and even a lean to plastic tent like structure can keep your Epi's happy enough to survive and if its a balcony outside a window which faces South, it would be better. You can keep the window cracked open to heat up the plastic tent further.
Let your imaginations work with above in mind, who knows you may come up with a better option.
Regards,
Masud.


That's a very good observation Masud! Thanks! So that means my epi will hopefully have a fighting chance this winter! Its pot sitted on rocks and cement block against it! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Dec 5, 2012 11:54 AM CST
My plant usually bloomed in the middle of September
in zone 7b/8a. But this year, for some unknown reason,
it bloomed in August. It spent the summer in the southeast
part of the yard surrounding my garden room with sun from
10:00 a.m. to about 1:30 or 2 p.m. and bright light until sundown.

LM
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2012 6:00 PM CST
How beautiful!
Big Grin

Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
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louise
Dec 5, 2012 8:29 PM CST
Thank you very much!
I sat in a chair in front of it from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. and took
pictures from the closed bud stage to the full opening and
had to manage the flashlight and the camera. The bud is
the size of a large egg, and the opened top section is a coffee
mug size and the lower part opened is a bread plate size.

The fragrance is quite amazing and the saga lasts until noon
the next day.

Worth the effort - absolutely!

LM
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2012 8:37 PM CST
Very cool! I have several cuttings of a Cirrus plant (don't know what variety) and cuttings are a year old, so they're looking really well! I spoke with an expert yesterday who said the cuttings have to grow in so it isn't unusual for them to take 3 years to bloom (I'll be waiting patiently with camera in hand!!)
Cheers
Greg

Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2012 4:38 AM CST
louise said:Thank you very much!
I sat in a chair in front of it from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. and took
pictures from the closed bud stage to the full opening and
had to manage the flashlight and the camera. The bud is
the size of a large egg, and the opened top section is a coffee
mug size and the lower part opened is a bread plate size.

The fragrance is quite amazing and the saga lasts until noon
the next day.

Worth the effort - absolutely!

LM


I agree Great job, Louise.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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