These hybrids are known as Orchid Cacti because of their big, bright colored flowers. These range from red, yellow, pink and white.
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.
Feed every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer with high potash fertiliser. Stop feedings when most buds are open.
Re-pot in lime free compost or cactus compost. Re-pot in next size pot.
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.
Give Epiphyllum medium light, if possible keep them in a shady spot outdoors in Summer.
Give fresh air when possible in Summer.
Keep drier for one month after flowering and in Winter give enough water to prevent shrivelling. Support stems.
They are good in lounge, dining room, kitchen or lightly shaded conservatory.
Epiphyllum requires warmth with high humidity. Mist spray daily and stand pot on tray or saucer of moist pebbles.
Lime free house-plant compost or cactus compost.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.