Epiphyllums forum: Cutting not growing...now what? + an update

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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Apr 4, 2017 8:53 PM CST
Hi again everyone! I posted a few questions here last year in June, and now have another one ... One of the Epi's I potted at that time has done great
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(I put the pencil in for size reference), but the other one has done nothing.
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(Same pencil) So the question is, should I re-cut the sleeper? He seems to have teeny tiny roots, bot no other signs of life. I've move him to another window to see if that helps, but no dice.
Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
Region: United Kingdom Region: Hawaii
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microb
Apr 4, 2017 11:58 PM CST
Hi Darcy, In my experience not all cuttings root and grow into healthy plants. The one you are concerned about looks like it was from an old branch and may have some health concerns with those brown areas. If you have access to new cuttings I would find a new one and start again, let that one go.

If you purchased the cutting then it might be worth starting it over again to see if you can save the financial loss.

The other one looks real great, that's healthy growth in less than a year.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 21, 2017 11:23 AM CST
My cuttings before grew much better when outdoors, but in part sun/shade since our conditions are rather way too dry and heat goes intense during the warm months. When Spring comes, it likes the frequent watering it gets, since our humidity is too low.
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Apr 23, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Thank you everyone for your input ... since it gets really hot and dry here, I probably won't put them outside until I can get a shady area set up. I'll give it a new cut and see what happens.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 23, 2017 9:57 PM CST
Some epi cuttings can just surprise you. I got some cuttings which I had to cut in January because it was getting some undue rotting from the cold and rains. So I had set them aside indoors, and have not done anything with it.

Looking at them now, though there are no roots yet, one of them seems to be trying to push a bud, wonders just never cease with them!

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Name: Mike
Mountain View, Hawaii
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microb
Apr 26, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Hi Terev,

I find that cuttings taken in Jan,Feb,Mar already have their brains programmed to start creating buds ready for blooming season so those cuttings tend to make buds rather than new growth.
I now take cuttings in Sept,Oct. Thoughts of blooming have been replaced with need for new growth so they tend to be more successful cuttings
At least that's my theory.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Apr 26, 2017 6:09 PM CST
I'm no expert, but it seems to me that some cultivars are slower than others to root. I have one in a 4" pot that is just starting to put out new growth after two years, while some two year olds are blooming and need to go in hanging baskets.

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