Epiphyllums forum: Starting new collection of Epiphyllum Orchid Cactus

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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
May 5, 2017 1:53 PM CST
I swore when I closed the store and sold most of my stock plants that I was not going to ever start another collection of anything again. That was Oct. 1, 2016. Well, here I am. Doing just what I swore not to do. It all started with one old plant I got from the family of an old friend who passed away. It was so big they had no idea what it was or what to do with it, so it became mine.

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I finally gave her to my friends who own a Farmers Market with loads of Tropicals, etc. and they took her apart and began selling her. No name, just a short background that I got from the cactusguide.com. they said the parents are:
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I now have several new little plants I have collected and am waiting for them to grow.
They are pink, yellow, orange and white. I am hooked again. Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
May 5, 2017 4:07 PM CST
It's easy to get hooked on them....until you run out of room. They do require a lot of realestate.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
May 6, 2017 9:26 AM CST
That is why I said after seeing how big the old one got, I would not ever add to them as a collection. They are also nasty to work with because of their little prickly stems. Here is the picture of the old one in 2013. She was much bigger when I finally gave her to my neighbor the Farmers Market. I do have a greenhouse so that will be helpful.


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Name: Linda
Pawleys Island, SC (Zone 8b)
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Ibartoo
May 7, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Welcome to the madness JB, LOL I can relate to not collecting/collecting again. Do you still have any of the pink one that I sent to you?
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
May 8, 2017 9:31 AM CST
No, I lost the white one and the pink one in a storm when I was not able to keep after the greenhouse during my recovering from my incident in 2015. I pulled all my muscles from my left hip to my foot and damaged them so much I could not walk for a month. I am still using a cane and it is nearly 2 years. Never thought I would walk again but here I am, 88 and still walking and now collecting again.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Sep 24, 2017 12:32 PM CST
The new ones I got and all are growing are:
Climax - pink & white
Bliss - Orange
Hum Dinger - White with a little yellow
Blue Paradise - Logee plant - not sure of color.
Just Beautiful - Logee - orange
Pink = Logee
They are all too young to have anything to trade.

I have this noid that is pink and that too is too young to trade but it is pretty. Waiting to see if the new growth is pink also. I think there could be two plants in this pot. As soon as I know I will let you know.


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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Jan 2, 2018 2:05 PM CST
These are the cuttings I got in September.

They are all growing like little weeds. There are others that have not matured for one reason or another. When they come back to life they will be a bit behind these others. They are growing but had to be cut back due to over watering when first planted. They like water but only when they want it.

This is Climax

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This is Frosty Pattern

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This is Just Beautiful

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This is Logees Blue Paradise

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This is Logees Pink

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This is Ric Rack

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 2, 2018 4:13 PM CST
Very nice JB!

Your Rick Rack looks similar to my Ric Rac Orchid Cactus (Selenicereus anthonyanus)

Do you know what color the blooms are supposed to be? Ric-Rac Cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger) also has the common name of Ric Rac.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Jan 3, 2018 2:38 PM CST
plantladylin said:Very nice JB!

Your Rick Rack looks similar to my Ric Rac Orchid Cactus (Selenicereus anthonyanus)

Do you know what color the blooms are supposed to be? Ric-Rac Cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger) also has the common name of Ric Rac.


Mine is the Epi -anguliger. Got it at Logee's. Did you see the new one Logee's has in their catalog this month? It is called Whirly Bird. Beautiful deep pink. Many of them are pink. The one I hope I can grow is the Just Beautiful and that is a gorgeous orange. I am on a budget this month, so I no doubt will pass on all plants until March. Unless I can do trades??? Hilarious!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 3, 2018 3:07 PM CST
The only one I still have is S. anthonyanus which is a plant I bought at the grocery store many years ago. I've almost lost it a few times when it's been left out over winter which reminds me I need to bring it in because we're predicted to have temps the next couple of nights at 27º, 28º and 33º!!

I haven't see Epiphyllum for sale here in many years and not many on-line vendors anymore either which may be a good thing because I'd probably get the "bug" to order! Green Grin! I've never purchased from Logee's; I've heard they have nice plants but that shipping is exorbitant. Whirly Bird sure is a gorgeous bloom!

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Faridat
Jan 3, 2018 3:43 PM CST
I can see myself getting addicted, as much as I resist, those are some flowers they give, so wonderful! Drooling Happy new year also!
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Jan 6, 2018 2:29 PM CST
I found that everyday they seem to show new growth. I am so grateful that I did not put them in the greenhouse. The temp in the greenhouse went down to 30 deg. last night and that is the third night in a row in was in the low 30s inside with two heaters running. They just can't keep up. My workshop furnace stopped working because the fuel line froze and now we have a cracked pipe, no leak yet, so we are working on that. The snow has just been blowing like crazy and you feel pretty helpless when you are working your heaters as high as they go and the temp and wind chill is below 0. I am one unhappy old lady.
Sighing! I hate winter.
Name: Yehudith
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
meiramalka
Feb 9, 2018 6:15 AM CST
Green Grin! I've never purchased from Logee's; I've heard they have nice plants but that shipping is exorbitant. Whirly Bird sure is a gorgeous bloom!

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I've purchased several plants from Logee's and I've been thrilled with them. I have growing several night blooming cereus that started out as a leaf that had fallen off a patient's plant that was over 6 feet tall. She had bought the mother plant as a baby from Logee's several years before and had dozens of blooms every year. I stuck the leaf in a pot and it grew into a plant that lost a leaf when I repotted it. I cut that leaf in pieces, stuck each piece in pots and voila more plants. They are all sitting in the conservatory wait for good weather to go outside. They are all huge. They're not blooming yet but they look so weird they're paying for their space just through novelty value.

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tx_flower_child
Apr 2, 2018 12:20 PM CST
I've been wanting to rid myself of the epi addiction. Just as a cutting is taking root, I manage to knock it over and then feel compelled to re-root them. It's become a nightmare.

So anyway, a few weeks ago I took them outside. It was 60F and cloudy. Left them out overnight. Little did I know that the next day the temp was going to reach 87F. I now have a bunch of crispy critters. Look at one of my ric racs.

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I can't say I'm sad other than I feel bad for the plants as they are living things after all. I've been busy cutting back some of the larger plants and finding homes for anything that might be salvageable. I've been told that sunburn is merely unsightly but not fatal.

If anyone wants to gamble, let me know. Free cuttings for postage.

FYI -- If you use the dreaded Facebook, there's a wonderful group of epi lovers. People sell cuttings for $3 and up. Some very reliable growers. If I could remember the full name of the group ( there's more than one) I would tell y'all. But I'm using my iphone and do not use Facebook on my phone otherwise I'd look up the name.
Name: Chris
Hermann, MO (Zone 6a)
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FoolOnTheHill
Apr 16, 2018 10:45 AM CST
I have one Epi that I bought years ago from local nursery when I was living in Ohio. I didn't know what it was when I bought it, but just found it to be such an interesting plant that I couldn't resist trying to grow it. I still have it, and despite not always being treated the way it might prefer, it's still grown nicely for me. I have it in a tub trug with holes in the bottom, so I can move it. I do put it outside in the shade every summer (breaking off lots of pieces during the move, but that's one way to keep the size under control, I guess). Everyone who visits comments on my amazing "christmas cactus" Sticking tongue out

Anyway, I'd love to get more, but never see them in nursery's, and have been hesitant to buy any online - not knowing what I might get. I see Logee's listed, and I'm going to check them out. Are there other places that I can also look into? I'd love to get one with a bigger, prettier flower (mine isn't big for an Epi, and is pink). I'll send a picture of the bloom when it comes back into bloom. For now, here it is in my basement.


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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Apr 16, 2018 1:48 PM CST
That is probably German Empress (like mine in the April 2018 thread), but yours looks healthier than mine. Mine all hang from my lemon tree year round, so they suffer what ever weather Mother Nature brings. I have heard good things about Logee's, but have never purchased anything from them. There are many other places on line, and Epi. societies that sell them...or cuttings. Most of us are willing to share cuttings, but you can't be sure what you're getting. My only named ones are purchased cuttings, the rest are swaps with friends.

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