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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 6, 2016 10:16 AM CST
If one received fresh cuttings now, Nov. 2016, should those cuttings be potted up and the potting media kept moist or can then be overwintered without soil or water, and kept dry and warm?
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Nov 6, 2016 10:55 AM CST
I got some Epiphyllum cuttings, other varieties, last November. They had already developed a callus during the trip (the cut end was no longer moist), so I potted them up immediately. I used a very well draining mix, with extra pumice. I did not do anything special, they lived on my shelf in the kitchen, no cover or extra humidity. I watered them only very occasionally, when they were really dry, as I wanted to prevent rot. They all grew.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 6, 2016 11:17 AM CST
Thanks, Mary. You did the same thing that I did. The lady who wants to purchase cuttings from me wants to know whether she can store them dry, without potting soil or moisture, during the fall and winter months, just keeping them inside, in a warm place.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Nov 6, 2016 12:08 PM CST
Never tried it. I have had other succulents which dropped a leaf, which sat on a table behind the pots, all winter and eventually sprouted little babies, so it might work just fine.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 6, 2016 12:31 PM CST
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Nov 6, 2016 12:55 PM CST
@drdawg - I would be surprised if this worked very often for epis. I've made cuttings that I set aside to harden. Will keep them where they don't get light and sometimes forget about them. Later when I do come across them, they will have shriveled up died. But ya never know.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 6, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Thanks, TFC. You are the first to have experience in letting them go dry long-term. I'm going to go what worked for me and tell the lady that she needs to go ahead and pot them up and keep the potting media moist for them to root readily.
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Parnelli5723
Jan 2, 2017 9:03 AM CST
I have about 15 Epi's and have started most of them from cuttings. I know it's unconventional but I put them in water as soon as I get them. Roots form almost immediately. When they have significant roots I pot them in a mixture of potting soil with added vermiculite and perlite. I water when dry, maybe every two to three weeks. They are thriving in a north window up in western NY where the night temps drop to freezing or below. I believe epis and the orchids I have in the same north window are more hardy than given credit for.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Jan 2, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Welcome! @Parnelli5723

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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Jan 2, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Parnelli that is very interesting! How deep in the water do you put the cuttings? And, since you mention "get them" are they cuttings that have been mailed to you, already callused, or are they fresh cuttings?
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 5, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Welcome @Parnelli5723.

I belong to several other epi groups and have read some discussions about rooting in water. While a few people swear by it, the majority report has been a big 'thumbs down'.

There's also been some thought given to whether it depends on which type of epi you have.

When I'd been reading the pros and cons I was still new at rooting epis and thought I'd give it a try. I figured ya never know. Anyway, it didn't work for me but I'm not the best example to judge by.

FYI - mine were well calloused and am guessing they were E. Hookerii. It's been awhile.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jan 5, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Judging from what I've seen around here, I thinking that the woody stem cuttings will root in water, but I have not seen a leaf cutting done that way, and I wouldn't try it.

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