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Orchid Cactus

English Name

Epiphyllum

Scientific Name

Description

These hybrids are known as Orchid Cacti because of their big, bright colored flowers. These range from red, yellow, pink and white.

Central America

Origin

Cactaceae

Family

50°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

1' - 1'6"

Height (feet/inches)

Cactus

Type

Spring & Summer

Seasons

Yes

Fragrance

Watering

These plants need some water all year round. In Winter they should be almost dry. Water every 4 weeks and in Summer water twice a week. Do not allow them to stand in water.

Feeding

Feed every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer with high potash fertiliser. Stop feedings when most buds are open.

Repotting

Re-pot in lime free compost or cactus compost. Re-pot in next size pot.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings taken in Spring or Summer. Remove a 5 or 6 inch long branch and allow it to dry for a day before inserting it an inch deep in a 4 inch pot. Keep potting mixture slightly moist until cuttings root in 2-3 weeks.

Cultivation

Give Epiphyllum medium light, if possible keep them in a shady spot outdoors in Summer.

Tips

Give fresh air when possible in Summer.

Care

Keep drier for one month after flowering and in Winter give enough water to prevent shrivelling. Support stems.

Decorate

They are good in lounge, dining room, kitchen or lightly shaded conservatory.

Humidity

Epiphyllum requires warmth with high humidity. Mist spray daily and stand pot on tray or saucer of moist pebbles.

Soil

Lime free house-plant compost or cactus compost.



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