Epiphyllums forum: Off season Activity

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Jul 18, 2016 12:05 AM CST
One or two of us have blooms to post which helps keep our spirits up but the season is finishing early for me. Just getting to the point of looking for some way to keep from getting depressed until next April.

Seriously I will be trying to look at each plant to cut off brown leaves, look for new growth, repot if needed and then plan a round of fertilizer.

I've noticed that the dozen or so larger plants I stood in the shade along the driveway are looking far healthier than the plants in the greenhouse. The driveway plants are a dark green, good looking new growth and yet they get all the rain they can handle.

Very few plants in pots on the benches now. Mostly in hanging pots.

Will also be making mental note of plants that are strong growers and candidates for cuttings
Name: Steve
Perth, Western Australia
Jul 18, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Mike,in contrast to you my epis are just stirring from their winter recess and even buds starting to appear on some small early ones.
Everything is far too wet and no doubt the odd one will succumb to that. (Everything is outside here).
We,(Western Australia) have the only epi society now left in Australia and it's going strong with around 50 members. Our annual show is at the end of october in a shopping centre.
Here's a pic of last years winning bloom.
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Name: Linda
Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Dog Lover Hostas Plant and/or Seed Trader Plumerias Seed Starter
Tropicals Seller of Garden Stuff
Jul 20, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Due to recent events and medical emergencies, I have told mine, either survive or die. I am hoping for the former of course, but right now am just not able to take care of them as I should be. I should have some blooms on my strictum and oxypetalum in august and september, but until them, it is so hot and time is so limited, they are just waiting until life returns to normal and they can be pampered once again. I can't wait for the strictum and oxypetalum to bloom though.
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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Aug 28, 2016 2:56 PM CST
Aloha all,

Kind of neglecting my epis at the moment. Too much work in the large yard clearing up after windstorms and trying to keep up with tropical growth. Laid out the "botanical gardens" 10-15 years ago and now I'm that much older to have to keep it under control. No fair!

Anyway back to epis. I have seven fruit that are just getting to ripening age so this morning I picked one cut it in two and processed the seed for growing. Steps in the pics - cut the fruit in half, scrape out the meat and seeds, mix with water to separate the seeds. Put paper towel on a bed of 60/40 perlite and potting soil with some 16.16.16 for luck. Decide to keep the meat with some left over seeds to see if they would grow. The rest of the seeds are scattered on the other half of the tray.
Made sure it was moist and then put the top on. Now wait and see on the kitchen counter.
Just need 6 more trays of pastries to get trays for the other fruits Rolling on the floor laughing
If someone has another method please share!
Just fun my backyard bamboo
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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!
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Dec 21, 2016 6:22 PM CST
How are everyones epis doing this winter? I left mine outdoors this time around. Will see how tough it can endure our mild winter this season. I know it will hate the cold rains if duration goes long and temps go down..but so far there has been a nice interval allowing it to dry in between the rains and freeze warnings. Our city trees are going bare now, so more light is getting thru my garden.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22
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Dec 21, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Tarev, In my zone, mine live under trees that are evergreen, and we don't get hard freezes, year round. I do get some sunburn and we don't get enough rain to cause rot. ...but that can change if we have an exceptionally cold winter. I don't think sunburn would be a problem for you unless you get one of those winter heat waves that we sometimes do. I don't know how much cold they can take.
Name: Linda
Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8b)
Daylilies Dog Lover Hostas Plant and/or Seed Trader Plumerias Seed Starter
Tropicals Seller of Garden Stuff
Jan 4, 2017 7:12 PM CST
I put mine in an unheated shed. ( Hubby's workshop) for the winter. They won't get enough light for the winter, but they also won't freeze. Hopefully winter will be short. We've had 1 night in the 20's. but the daytime temps went right back into the 60's so all of the plants that I cut down to keep from freezing, have put up new growth. I can never tell just when it's quite too early to protect them.Camellias are blooming now, so I am still enjoying a show.
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