Cactus and Succulents forum: Epiphyllum Cactus ?

Views: 381, Replies: 2 » Jump to the end
Name: Rick
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8a)
Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Container Gardener Adeniums Peonies Plumerias
Dog Lover Hibiscus Region: Canadian Tropicals Cactus and Succulents Brugmansias
May 3, 2016 8:53 PM CST
We have had this Epi for quite a few years. Started in a 4" pot. It is very root bound which I always thought that these where best this way. For some reason this year I have cut out quite a few branches/pads which have gone dry and brown. Did not think that it was anything other than usual, as we have had this happen with all the others never amounting to anything.
The root ball inside the pot is very hard and difficult to get any moisture into it. One of the furthermost pads of a branch is going soft and I am stumped as to what this is or is it nothing.
Not sure that any of this helps anyone to assist, but this one is one of my favorites and would hate to lose it.

Thumb of 2016-05-04/RCanada/600974

I have taken some cuttings to callus as a precaution.
Can this happen from them becoming too root bound and needs repotting?
Thank you in advance.

Yellow one on right side.

Thumb of 2016-05-04/RCanada/cf4d08


"Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I received"
[Last edited by RCanada - May 3, 2016 8:54 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1137611 (1)
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
May 5, 2016 7:23 AM CST
Yes, it does sound like your plant would benefit from repotting. As epiphytes from tropical rainforest jungle (like orchids,) the roots need a porous, airy soil so the roots can have plenty of oxygen while staying moist.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
May 5, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Agree with Tiffany, a repot is okay. What media did you use before? My epis are using bark mix,some coco husk chips ,clay rocks and pumice, so it remains airy and porous.

I also get some softened padsin some of my Epis, and I notice it occurs on mine when we suddenly get a cold dip in temps, part of the pad goes yellow and dries out. Once it goes brown and brittle I just tear that part off, by then the plant has properly callused itself.

« Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Cactus and Succulents forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by greenappleagnes and is called "Orlaya White Lace"