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Thell
Feb 4, 2017 3:16 PM CST
When I take the plant in for the winter it starts growing long spikes sometimes three or four feet long with no leaves should these be cut off or let alone??? In summer no spikes come out the plant is very big almost 4and 1/2 feet tall and many many leaves it grew extremely well in a sunny place on my patio many new leaves no spikes very healthy in spite of not being in the shade as some suggest it should be, but now in house for winter it has 8 or 9 spikes growing. It is in a window but may not get a lot of light. but the spikes are going almost to the ceiling.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 5, 2017 10:20 AM CST
A picture. Is worth a thousand words.
Variety would be nice also.
Where you live and your zone too.
Send more info please 😇!!!
I'm guessing its trying to bloom since spikes are going up. Shrug!
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DaisyI
Feb 5, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Yes, we need a photo. There are two plants with the common name "NIght Blooming Cereus" and neither one has leaves.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Feb 5, 2017 4:48 PM CST
I'm guessing the plant in question is Epiphyllum oxypetalum or E. strictum. In either case those long runners are trying to find something to climb to the light. These plants don't do well as house plants unless there is a bright garden room. A picture would confirm or not.
Name: Dani Y.
San Diego, California
DaniEpis
Nov 6, 2017 4:21 PM CST

I planted a small cutting from a friend's father's plant around two years ago and it has grown a lot of segments; now it has grown this very long spike. Is this the flower spike? Thank you!



Thumb of 2017-11-06/DaniEpis/cf8b93

Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 6, 2017 6:30 PM CST
I don't think so. It's just trying to climb the wall for more sun.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 1:33 PM CST
Your Epiphyllum oxypetalum, aka Orchid Cactus and Night-blooming Cereus, is one of the more unusual plant species you will see. It has two types of branches or stems; the shorter, flat ones that look more like leaves; and the long cylindrical branches. The flowers appear only on the shorter branches. I have never seen a good explanation as to the reason that it has two very different types of branches. Perhaps the taller ones are to help it climb or provide support. I doubt if it would cause any harm if you were to cut off the very tall branches.

In winter, try to keep it on the cool and dry side to help promote blooms. Any repotting will disrupt the flowering cycle.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 7, 2017 1:51 PM CST
The growths you are asking about are indeed climbing growths. They will climb trees in the wild and walls in the yard to get sun. They bloom best with lots of sun.
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WillC
Nov 7, 2017 1:55 PM CST
Carol - If the taller stems are used to climb, how do they attach themselves to damp tree bark or whatever else they are climbing in their native habitat? Do they develop aerial roots?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 7, 2017 5:54 PM CST
Yes. I saw one that was climbing a palm tree in the San Diego area a few years ago...planted in the ground and at least 25 ' up the palm. Around here they do well in full sun. The leaves a golden yellow color with red edges makes for a not so pretty plant, but they bloom like crazy. The Dragon Fruit are even worse. In full sun they don't develop those because they don't need them. I'll try to remember to get a photo of one around the corner from me.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 7, 2017 8:07 PM CST
Oops! I have to retract my last post. The one I saw growing up the palm must have been something else, and as far as I could tell, Epiphyllum oxypetallum does not have aerial roots. There seems to be lots of different opinions on what they are, and how to grow them. If you type in Epi. oxypetallum or night blooming cereus, you will get 8 different answers out of 10 sites, regarding what they are and how to grow them. I will post a photo of my neighbor's Epi. Oxypetallum tomorrow, but I still say it is looking for sun, and those long leaf stems can be cut off. Also, I would never recommend them as house plants, unless you have a large sun room.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 8, 2017 10:03 AM CST
I think the long leaf stems give it careactature. Ahh 😭 ! Me bad speller, computer, no better.
I'll just say : they look cool.👍
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 8, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Here is the pic. I promised. This is a full southern exposure, and that tub it's planted in is about 15 gal. It looks like it has doubled in size in the past year.
Thumb of 2017-11-08/ctcarol/02df20 It was loaded with buds, but I don't walk at night, so I missed the open blooms

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WillC
Nov 9, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Thanks for the photo, Carol. In the photo, it appears to be almost golden in color. Is that its natural color or just the way it came through in the photo?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 9, 2017 9:52 PM CST
That's the true color in a full sun situation. Everything I've read says filtered sun, but these babys like full sun.
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Nov 9, 2017 9:57 PM CST
ctcarol said:That's the true color in a full sun situation. Everything I've read says filtered sun, but these babys like full sun.


I've been waiting for mine to bloom for a few years and have it in Morning sun only. Our mornings can be quite intense in the summer. But still no blooms. And it's pot bound like I heard they like? That's it!! Out to the sunny spot it goes!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 9, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Does yours get totally dark nights? Mine hardly blooms at all since they built a the parking lot over the wall that has lights, and the neighbors have motion sensor lights. This is one of the photo sensitive plants. If it is trying to climb though, it probably wants more sun.

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