Epiphyllums forum: Orchid Cactus

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jackjack
Oct 31, 2015 12:28 PM CST
Hi everyone, I have an epiphyllum orchid cactus that has done well over its first year with me. It's put on significant growth, having shade and then hot direct sun for the last four hours of the day. I brought it inside for the winter about five or six weeks ago, and two weeks ago these little white extensions started coming out of the plant. They're not new spines, and they come from the ends of the leaves. Any idea what they are or what they mean? Thanks!
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 31, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Welcome! jackjack. Those are roots; the plant is looking for places it can attach itself to.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 19, 2015 1:36 PM CST
Now if you ever wish to plant some cuttings, rooting them at the tip works quite well!! Simply place them into the soil upside down. As Hetty says, the plant wants to attach somewhere!
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Nov 20, 2015 10:50 PM CST
I never thought of growing them as upsidedown cuttings! Interesting idea!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 21, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Some years ago a local nursery sold pots of upside down rooted Epiphyllum cuttings. They looked at first a bit strange like that, but soon added new growth and were perfectly healthy plants. Solves the occasional problem of losing cuttings to rot and they can be rooted right away without callousing.
Name: Linda
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Ibartoo
Jan 24, 2016 9:49 PM CST
I have grown them upside down every now and then. I have never had any problems with them rooting that way. It works for me because I don't always take the time to let them callous.
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