Tropicals forum: Epiphyllum (Orchid Cactus)

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

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JB
Mar 14, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Every year I promise myself I will not grow another Orchid cactus because they take up so much room, they are not really easy to work with because of those little jaggy thorns they have, and they are a bit difficult to raise until you get used to their little secrets. But then, I look at my collection and decide that it is all worth the effort when they bloom those beautiful blooms. I especially love buying the single pieces and watching them become those gigantic, majestic beauties they become.

An example of one of my surprises is this plant. I have no idea where I got this but I put it in soil and forgot about it, just giving it the water and feed needed when it was time.
This was the first bloom it had. I was happy to see a beautiful pink.
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I noticed this flower on the same plant just the other day. Now I am completely confused. But delighted with these beautiful flowers.

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This is the same plant, last year with a red bud and pink flower. It is my favorite plant because I never know what to expect. Of course it has no name.

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Who knows what will happen in the Spring when it goes outside.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 14, 2018 1:43 PM CST
They're gorgeous, JB. I was the same way. They took up too much room and didn't bloom enough so I got rid of mine. Now I think I'll have to give them another chance. They're worth it!
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 14, 2018 1:55 PM CST
Karen, same here, I gave mine away and when I see beautiful flowers like Jacquie's I want them again.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 14, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Ha, here we go again, Alice! All it takes is a pretty bloom pic and we want them all again! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 14, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Yep, you know how I think. Rolling my eyes.
We are moving though so I have to be disciplined, I already have too many plants to move.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Mar 14, 2018 5:40 PM CST
You can behave now, and then have fun once you're moved! Good luck with it.
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 14, 2018 5:56 PM CST
Thank You!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Mar 15, 2018 11:23 AM CST
I bought several colors back a few weeks ago and they were all single cuttings. I know better but I do have an outlet for mine when they get too big for me to handle. I have neighbors who have a fabulous farmers market. Kids that run it all graduated from Longwood Gardens and we have had such fun since they opened trading and sharing our ideas and designs as well as plants. I gave my biggest one to them a few years ago and they have made some georgous hanging baskets with its babies. I love watching their customers enjoying these giants and I have such a good feeling when I know they came from my old plant. There is such peace and love in growing and sharing plants. I ask them what colors they want and this is what I got. These have now been with me in soil for almost 12 months. Only the one got too cold and part of it died, otherwise, they are all just fine and coming along. I just may have a bloom if I can give them a chill before they decide they are ready. I need to get them outside about the middle of April. We will see what the weather does for us.

Climax - pink and white
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Hum Dinger - white-pale yellow
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Ric Rac
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Frosty Pattern
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Blue Paradise - pink
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Bliss - Orange
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Vista Sun
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Just Beautiful
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 15, 2018 3:14 PM CST
I love that you are encouraging young people with your plants.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
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JB
Mar 16, 2018 11:23 AM CST
This same Orchid Cactus I showed you 3/14/18 has begun to change color. I am wondering just how much more it will change.

Take a look at the difference in two days.

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

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
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JB
Mar 20, 2018 10:25 AM CST
In the same pot as the above picture this bud started to show some color. There must be several different plants in this one pot. Beautiful surprises.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
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JB
Apr 6, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Another beauty in the surprise pot.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 6, 2018 11:11 AM CST
That is a real beauty, JB!
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
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JB
Apr 7, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Today another flower came out. This is what I look forward to daily. Living on a farm, no neighbors, no friends alive anymore, kids working, bored ...should I say more? Without my pets and plants I would give up. Being old and not able to function after being so active is taking its toll on me. Than the weather does not help. So, I just watch my plants every move. Thank you for letting me share them.
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Not an Orchid cactus but pretty on this dreary day.
This is from a plant I got for Easter from two little girls who live down the road.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 7, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Beautiful plants, JB! Having plants blooming makes life cheerful and much more interesting. I like to propagate any of them that are special, just in case I lose the main plant for some reason.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
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JB
Apr 7, 2018 1:25 PM CST
I have a jasmine that rooted in water and is blooming. I just have not had a chance to plant it. Crazy plants but fun.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Apr 7, 2018 1:40 PM CST
You have had such a rough winter this year, good you have those beautiful and super cheerful plants to look at. I don't know about you but I talk to my plants (often I am cussing them out though Glare )
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Region: New Jersey Houseplants Container Gardener
Farmer Keeps Horses Dog Lover Birds The WITWIT Badge Plays in the sandbox
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JB
Apr 7, 2018 1:57 PM CST
I do some cussing myself at not only the plants but the parrots and the dogs. I am loosing my mind with no sunshine and it is so cold. I am really getting cranky. I was spraying the Air Plants and the Orchid Cactus babies in the bird room today in order to get the humidity in the house up a bit. It is so dry with the heat on all the time. I keep it 72 deg. because at my age I get chilly at times and of course I am barefoot much of the time, so, while I was doing that I was mumbling bad words.....I am such an old grouch today.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Apr 7, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Hilarious! , I can emphasize. We oldies (but goodies) are allowed to fuss, we have earned the right. Wishing you warmer days ahead.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Greenhouse Cactus and Succulents Adeniums Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Apr 7, 2018 2:05 PM CST
JB, don't the parrots bother your plants? I have wild birds pecking at my plants outside all the time. They often uproot newly planted semps. Sad Sighing!
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