How do I take care of this?

Sonia.RJAugust 12, 2014

This lady gave me this plant saying you have to put in coconut husks and tie it up to a tree, what kind of plant is this though?

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Orchid cactus aka Epiphyllum - and I don't know about it needing to be planted that way, mine are just in soil. But then, I'm not in the tropics.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 5:52PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

If you grow orchids on trees, this plant would be similar, an epiphyte.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 6:04PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Here we grow them in pots in coarse cactus mix. mostly shade, just a little direct early morning sun. water when it's warm, don't water when it's cold.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 10:41PM
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alright then, so how do I propagate this? the leaf is about 11 inches long, do I cut that leaf into two and let them 'cure' before I put them into a cactus mix?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 12:29AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Let it cure (dry) for several weeks. I wouldn't cut it in two, but you could -- then let cure for two weeks.

After two weeks, stick the end in a pot of very well draining fairly dry soil. Do not water until roots are beginning to form.

There's lots of information on-line about propagating epiphyllums from cuttings.

This post was edited by dave_in_nova on Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 12:55

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:54AM
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