Epiphyllums forum: Should I put my Epi's in a hanging planter or leave where they are.

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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chris1948
Jul 2, 2017 6:17 PM CST
These are cuttings that are about 1 1/2yrs old. It took about 6months for them to get started back in 2015. Should I move them to a hanging pot or just leave as is?

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jul 2, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Chris, Which Epis are they? E. Oxypetalum and a few others like to climb, in which case a trellis/tomato cage or similar would be good. Most like to hang down from the trees, in which a hanging basket is more appropriate...if you have a place to hang them. They do get large and heavy. Most of mine are in 12" hanging planters, but they are outgrowing them and my poor lemon tree is really crowded.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jul 2, 2017 7:23 PM CST
If you do have trees, hanging them in baskets would be nice, but only for good weather. They'd have to go inside somewhere for winter. I've had them in the past, and they got so big and unwieldy that I ditched them. I do love the blooms, but wasn't getting enough of them to save the plants.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jul 2, 2017 7:28 PM CST
Yes! Weather is an issue. Mine can stay where they are all year with no damage. On the very rare occasions that we get a light frost, the tree protects them. If/ when we get a heat wave in winter/spring when the sun is low on the southern horizon, they do get sunburn.
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Jul 2, 2017 8:05 PM CST
Carol, I'll have to contact the woman who runs the nursery where I got them. She gave me some cuttings back in Feb of 2015 and I remember the plant was a huge pot though sitting on the floor in one of her greenhouses. I do have quite a few trees to hang them in if I repot into baskets.

Karen, I do have a greenhouse to put them into during the winter. How many years does it take them to get really large?
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jul 2, 2017 8:16 PM CST
I had mine in the Marshall Islands and they were hanging outside all year. I started from cuttings and had them for 8 years there, and brought cuttings back with me when I moved stateside. I had those 9 years before I decided they just were too much trouble and took up too much space.
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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Jul 2, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Maybe I'll have to do something with mine then when they get so big. I don't know how long it takes them to produce blooms, I may not be around to see it. Maybe I should see if I can trade them back to the nursery I got the cuttings from for something else.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jul 2, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Mine are all individuals when it comes to growth and blooming. Some are faster than others, even in the same environment.
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
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SALL20
Sep 21, 2017 10:22 AM CST
My E. Oxypetalum took 4 years to bloom from cuttings that I got from a neighbor. It first bloomed in 2015 and has bloomed every year since. I have three blooms that will probably open tonight. This is the fourth time it has bloomed this year. I had read that they like to be rootbound before they bloom and this seems to be the case for mine. It is starting to take up space because it puts out these long canes.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Sep 21, 2017 11:55 AM CST
They can get huge, so I wouldn't put it in a hanging pot, but you could put it in a larger pot and trellis it so it grows more upward..

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