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Orchid Cactus: Winter Bloom 2012

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 18, 2011
4:03 PM

Post #8934693

This is my first winter bloom from a orchid cactus. At about 1 inch wide, there's not a lot to show I don.t know the name. I do think, however, we need a new message line for off season bloom such as this. Is this bloom familiar to anyone? I will send another picture when it fully opens.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 23, 2011
6:57 AM

Post #8940320

This Noid is blooming on the very end of a triangular stem atop a very clean, well shaped plant. It has been five days since the first picture (above) and now four petals have opened. Very little progress and I'm still waiting to see what this bloom will look like. bob.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 3, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #8953049

Jan 3, 2012 and finally my Noid is opening into a beautiful blossom. It may still not be fully open. We'll see. bob

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #8953444

I have been wondering if it ever opened.Love the color!
Dee
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #8955454

Really love the color also. I,m wonderin type and name, of course. bob

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 10, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #8962300

Finally , 20 days later, we get that full epie look. This bloom is a No ID that is about 3 inches in width and has a beautiful hot pink stripe coloration which just jumps out at you on a background that is cream colored. It was sent to me as a Noid three seasons ago when I started collecting epies (300 hybrids ago!) I am very pleased with it, much like when my first Mor Mor bloom opened. Susan Kennedy of Minn. gifted this plant to me . bob

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 10, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #8962405

Beautiful!
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #8962464

Yes, it is beautiful! Bob,you must have a lot of room.I have just started with cuttings, so they are small and not taking up much space. I am at the stage where I want every one that I see. My husband keeps asking me where I am going to keep them when they get bigger, if I get more. I'm thinking the closed in front porch, the sun room, and I can always hang lights in the basement and spare bedroom...lol..love looking at everyones pics, and can't wait to see blooms on mine. I have gardened for several years, but I do believe that these have the prettiest blooms, of any plant that I have seen.
Dee
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #8964109

Dee, They are real estate hogs, with a short bloom season, but they are sooo worth the wait!
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 12, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #8964471

I have really come to love the plants themselves. Such unique shapes and growth habit. I enjoy rotating them inside and using them as houseplants. Then there's the bloom... bob

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #8964675

They definately need lots of room, but I know they will be sooo worth it.I was tickled to death just to have my 2 holiday cactus bloom in November.Gotta love any plant that gives such beauty, that time of year here in Indiana. I went after Christmas and got every one that they had left for .85 cents each...22 of them lol. Nice big plants! I have no ideas which ones are which color, but when they were blooming, I saw every color but yellow. I'm hoping that I can bring them into bloom this Spring, and maybe trade some nice plants for some epi cuttings. If not I will just have beautiful blooms all over the house, come november..lol For now, I just get excited every time an Epi cutiing puts out new growth!
Bob, your plants are amazing. So healthy looking! I'm so glad that you are posting pics. I need to see green in the winter. Blooms are even better! I will be starting perennials under lights soon, but for now I am enjoying going back thru the posts and reading and enjoying pics.
Dee
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #8965870

I have been looking at different sites that sell Epi cuttings.I have got to order a yellow one, come Spring.Do you a favorite yellow/gold? If so, which one?
Dee
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #8966561

Dee:: Hit me up in the spring and I'll get you some yellows. bob

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #8966624

OOoooh, that is so pretty! Thanks, Bob, I sure will!
Dee
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 14, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #8967914

orchidman, your blooms are gorgeous. What do you feed your plants? They are so healthy. This is my second year growing epies from cuttings. I hope to have a few blooms this year. Annette
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #8968972

I use 10-10-10 alternately with Miracle Gro fed through my watering system.about once per month. I use an in line injector which makes life much simpler. I don't water or fertilize at all during the winter months, I also have a misting system I use for 5 minutes 3X per week in the summer and once a week in fall and early spring. bb

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #8968998

Bob, what about cuttings that are putting out new growth? Should I not be watering or misting them?
Love the color of that one.Reminds me of watermelon.
Dee
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #8969069

Thanks for the information about fertilizing. Annette
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 17, 2012
7:11 PM

Post #8972127

I do give my plants water about once per month, but not heavily. They seem to be doing ok for now, and no scale unlike last year. I have around 56 plants now all started from cutting in 2010.

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #8972190

Cem, thanks for responding. That's a beautiful plant collection!
Dee
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2012
4:51 AM

Post #8973795

Dee: I Don't water, mist, or feed from Dec. 15th through the end of Feb. This treatment also applies to my cuttings. I never water cuttings until they begin rooting. Rot is your most problematic happening with epies. Many growers feel that watering a new cutting "shocks" them. Don't know about that but do know that I don't lose cuttings this way. bob

Mor Mor

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 21, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #8976376

That Mor Mor sure is pretty. Love the color. Thanks for all your help, Bob. Do you treat holiday cactus the same as the epis, as far as winter care goes?
Dee
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 21, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #8976964

eeS: I am treating my holiday cactus like my epies this year but this is the first time I have done so. I am trying to prevent any more rot which became a problem this past summer. I really think the "rest" will do them well. bob

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8977483

Thanks, Bob. I love that pic. Every time I see it, it reminds me that I want to put together a big basket of them to hang above the dining room table, next fall.
Dee
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #8997341

Steve in Austrailia has solved my mystery for me. My bloom is Deutsche Kaiserin! The cream predominant color threw me off. Usually pink, Deutsche Kaiserin can be white with some pink trim. Thanks Steve!

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ginger749

February 6, 2012
11:53 PM

Post #8997533

Love this Thread, Bob.

Thanks kell.


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