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How do I take care of this?

Posted by Sonia.RJ none (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 12, 14 at 15:24

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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RE: How do I take care of this?

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.


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RE: How do I take care of this?

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


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RE: How do I take care of this?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 12, 14 at 22:41

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.


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RE: How do I take care of this?

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?


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RE: How do I take care of this?

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


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