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Epiphyllum success (finally!)

Johns Island, SC

I've been messing with these things for years, but they refused to flower. This one finally did (it was worth waiting for!). Epiphyllum "unforgettable".

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Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

Kidding! Very nice. I have one; when it blooms I'll be posting a pic also.

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

beautiful Stono! I picked one up at Surf Side Beach last year at a yard sale...it has bloomed once for me this year (about two months ago and it gave me 3 blooms) well worth the wait...if only my Bird of Paradise would now co-operate - had this one going on 3 yrs and Tropicana had it for 2 yrs prior to giving it to me so one would think it'd give me a little sumthin sumthin for the wait LOL

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

here's a pic of it blooming....

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Johns Island, SC

That's the brightest red I've ever seen! I had given up on epiphyllums and planned to leave mine out this winter. The flower changed my mind. I just didn't realize they had to achieve a certain size or age to bloom. Neglect may be a factor in their blooming, too. I just put the pot in the woods this spring when emptying my greenhouse and forgot about it. Didn't even put an emitter on it, so it got no water for 7 weeks between the end of May/beginning of July... Then one day I noticed that flower... Changed everything! I'll be rooting cuttings next week!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Stono - I totally agree with you that neglect is the key on this one....mine fell over in a storm when I lived in Newberry this spring - three pieces broke off on the ground and I just left them there - about 3 weeks later I saw buds starting on two of them - they hadn't been watered (other than the wet spring we had) once I moved to Sumter the one still in the pot started blooming - I had forgotten it in my trunk! lol and it was in there for like two weeks - again...neglect and it blooms LOL gotta love that about a plant


Johns Island, SC

I hear ya, Deanna! Problem comes when we have to define how much "neglect" is beneficial! And I have no idea... Maybe someone knows on DG...there may even be a specificic epiphylum site. Since I'd mentally "given up" on epiphylums, I never checked...

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