Epiphyllums forum: Hi, new member and question!

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(Zone 8a)
Region: Texas
Apr 25, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Hi all!

I'm a new member from Dallas.
I have recently become an addicted lifer to epiphyllums!

What I have currently are 7 noid epis that I purchased from 2 nurseries in Dallas. I have tequila sunrise and German empress cuttings on the way, so excited.

Anyway, I was happy to see this forum where I can learn a lot and admire y'all's beautiful plants.

Does anyone have suggestions about growing in Dallas with hot summers?
Currently I have some plants in my kitchen getting no direct sun but bright light, west facing Windows.
I also have others on a second story deck which is clear roofed and screened in. This deck faces north and gets light from all angles except from the south.
Is it possible with a fan and zero neglect they could survive (shade and bright light only) the summer here?


Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Apr 25, 2016 7:20 PM CST
Hmm. The ones in the kitchen sound like they could use a little sun. As to the ones on the deck, as the sun gets higher, they could use some mid day shade. Most of my garden is on the north side of the house, but as summer arrives, I still get that hot sun in the middle of the day. Is there any way you could put some shade cloth of screening above them, or even an umbrella that would allow morning and evening sun? A fan sounds like a good idea anyway.
(Zone 8a)
Region: Texas
Apr 25, 2016 7:35 PM CST
Hi Carol, thanks for the reply.
I have them in a corner with very little other than morning sun.
I do have some shade cloth and will use that if, as summer nears, it's gets too sunny. I'll move the ones from the kitchen outside. I was afraid they were not getting enough light.
Thanks again!
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
Apr 26, 2016 12:53 PM CST
Welcome! Hi Epilove, I love that Texas accent!

Always nice to be joined by someone addicted to Epis. You are in good company here. Some of us need a support group.
Have to go along with Carol as our environment here in Hawaii is totally different. Epis need morning sun and humidity and lots of patience. Not sure if you get humidity in Texas.
Are your plants already blooming age? Look forward to seeing pics of your plants and set up. You will get a lot of information just reading our threads.

Good luck!
Name: Linda
Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Dog Lover Hostas Plant and/or Seed Trader Plumerias Seed Starter
Tropicals Seller of Garden Stuff
Apr 26, 2016 8:28 PM CST
Hi Epilove, I also have a very hot humid climate during the summers. I keep my epis under the live oak trees in my back yard. Some are on the north end, but get great morning and mid-day light, some are on the south end, where they get very bright filtered light all day. Some on the east side get deep shade in the mornings and bright, but heavily filtered light during the afternoon. My suggestion is to watch your plant closely and see where it thrives. It will let you know when it is happy.
Microb is right, I could use that support group. LOL

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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Apr 29, 2016 9:08 PM CST
My sister grows them in Ovilla tx. She gets morning sun with the humidity. They seem to love the humidity and the storms. As long as they are not tornetal. They can break in the wind so she has them in her c shaped patio. She has quick drain soil. So they don't sit in water.
She has gotten a few bites of snow these last two years so she put them in the garage where it is warm and humid.
I have to bring mine in house for I get lots of snow but hot summers.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Aug 27, 2016 4:35 PM CST
I also live in Dallas and have to say that I am shocked that you found any epis in any of our area nurseries. I did get a night bloomer once, assume it's an oxypetallum (sp too funny). It had literally just come off the truck from Austin and the nursery had no idea what it was. In fact I now have 2 buds on it.
I am a plant abuser but if you would like to discuss with me growing epis in Dallas, just shoot me a private message. (I'm new & assuming that we can do private msgs.) I would love to give you cuttings and more. Like the tea party in Alice in Wonderland, 'No room, no room!'

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