Epiphyllums forum: Epiphyllum Oxypetalum keeps blooming

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elysia
Oct 30, 2017 9:38 AM CST
I have an Epiphyllum Oxypetallum and it is very old, it has been passed down through my partner's family. I have gotten it to bloom once a year for the 6 or 7 years we've had it, but this year it has bloomed many times. It has grown buds five times throughout the summer and now it has buds again. Not that I'm complaining, but I am a little worried it is at the end of its life. Has anyone heard of this happening before?
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 10, 2017 12:51 PM CST
@elysia I too have a very old Oxy and it performed the same way yours did this summer. I usually had two bloom cycles, but this year was spectacular. I had so many that I didn't bother taking photos each time it bloomed. Mine is in a pot that is probably too small for it. The plant is sprawled out about 3 ft high and about 4 ft wide. I have given away cuttings this summer because I thought it might be dying. It just finished another bloom cycle. I'm afraid to repot it so late in the season. It looks terrible because of the sun scalding it on the side yard. I thought the same thing as you did, that it was about to die. I think all of the blooms were on new growth, but I can't be sure.
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ctcarol
Nov 10, 2017 6:30 PM CST
That's about the size of the one I pictured, and our psychotic weather has caused both epis and orchids to bloom more often than is normal this year. I think my neighbor said she counted 54 buds on this last bloom. I do understand your fear that it was dying, giving you it's last hoorah, as I would have thought the same. Hilarious!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Nov 11, 2017 9:31 PM CST
@ctcarol I have a neighbor who brings me orchids that he thinks I will be able to care for because I have a yard full of tropicals. I keep telling him that he is condemning these beautiful plants to certain death (6 so far) in my hands. I have never been able to keep one alive, much less get it to bloom.

This year he brought another two and I slipped them out the back door. 'Never bothered with them, they didn't get fertilized or any attention. Both of them bloomed, no thanks to me!

We had a lot of rain this summer. Maybe that is what helped the Oxys and the orchids to bloom?

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