flat leaf/stalk that blooms

by Vicky
(Sun City Center, Fl)

My neighbor gave me a cutting from her plant but didn't know the name either. after about 6-7 months mine bloomed. beautiful, large flower but it only lasted about 8 hours. My neighbor didn't know it would bloom. I called her so she could come see it!

It puts out new growth on the side of the leaf/stalk. You can take that and start a new plant. It can grow pretty tall but because it's flat it will bend over and has to be staked.

Congratulations! You've got the awesome and beautiful epiphyte called Epiphyllum. These are also known as Orchid Cactus, no surprise there.

The plant itself is a bit ugly, but it redeems itself when it blooms.

Quite often, they are grown in hanging baskets so they can drape over the edge, and the flowers can be seen from below.

They prefer those kinds of conditions because that's where they adapted; growing in jungle tree tops where they have bright light, but moisture from rain showers and compost rich soil from the leaves that drop off the trees and catch in the crooks of branches.

Hope that helps,

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Nov 19, 2014
Spectacular flowering cactus
by: Helen

When my aunt gave me a cutting from her orchid cactus I wasn't particularly impressed by it...until it first produced 2 spectacular scarlet and cerise flowers.

That was 25 years ago and I've cherished it ever since.

It's now simply enormous and spends every summer on our patio where it blooms abundantly for several weeks.

My husband brings it indoors in the autumn where it takes up a vast amount of space in our living room looking even to me quite incredibly hideous!

Last year it astonished me by producing several flowers just in time for Christmas. Although it's now in the largest pot my husband could possibly carry without getting a hernia, it's so pot-bound it's now impossible to see the soil and I was worried in case this unexpected floral display was its swan song.

However, this past summer it excelled itself and I breathed a sigh of relief though I did take many cuttings just in case it finally died of old age.

I have several other succulents such as a Christmas cactus, a jade plant and aloe vera to name just a few but I've had my beloved orchid cactus for so long it's practically a member of the family and I hope I'll have it for many years to come. Do I love it? No, I'm totally besotted by it!

Nov 19, 2014
by: Jacki

Helen, I hope your orchid cactus continues to give you many more seasons of blooming for your enjoyment!

The trick is to have a replacement plant to take its place if the mother plant wears itself out - or give some cuttings to other family members so there's always one to go to in the future - you'll start your own legacy!

May 28, 2015
My cutting bloomed after 3 years
by: Barb

A neighbor down the street had many blooming orchid cactus on her porch. I commented on their beauty and she gave me a cutting. After 3 years I elevated it and it bloomed. Its shockingly beautiful.

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