Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Orchid Cactus Growth

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
May 4, 2017 8:20 AM CST
I just recently picked up this orchid cactus. It's growing like crazy- but I noticed some growths on the middle stem. Are these roots, something for climbing, or a prep for flowering (probably wishful thinking)? This is my first orchid cactus so I am not well versed on them. Any advice is welcome!! Thumbs up

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 4, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Looks like its growing some new leaves but otherwise, I can't see what you are seeing.

BTW, your plant is Epiphyllum Guatemalense monstrose. They usually bloom in the fall. The flowers are white and not as big as other orchid cactus flowers. If you blink, you will miss the flower but will know you missed it when the big red seedpod shows up. The seedpods are the showy part of this plant but the twisty leaves are pretty showy too. Smiling
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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May 4, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Daisy- Thanks for the ID! Well so much for asking the person at the greenhouse if this produces a large showy flower......It's ok, I like the looks of the leaves. And the seed pods should be cool. I should have known though- the greenhouse doesn't mark the names of the plants, they let you guess unless they're in a grouping together.

The four little root like extensions are growing out of the sides of the stem in the middle, on the closeup view, down towards the soil. Kind of hard to see i guess.

Is this an uncommon type of orchid cactus?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 4, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Those are probably roots - these plants do normally hang in trees. No, not particularly uncommon. I think I got mine at Wally-World.

They are fun in that the seedpods will get big, red and then squishy. A lot of times, if you break open the pod, it will be full of tiny baby cactus.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Jun 16, 2017 1:39 PM CST
My red orchid cactus now has a pink bud and a red bud. Hmmmmm....guess there must be two plants in this pot.
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Jun 16, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Pretty, JB!
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