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ginger749

February 2, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #8992744

As this Forum is not officially an ID forum.
I have asked if any one has this Orchid Cactus.

What I would really like is to have this Plant Identified.
OK, it's not even a Cactus but a Succulent.

Can anyone please tell me what it is ?

kell.




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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 2, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #8992777

Epiphyllum (orchid cactus)
ginger749

February 2, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #8992790

Thanks once again Carol.
I don't know what I would do without your help.
I was given this piece today and am about to plant it.
It has small Flower spikes on it. (the size of a green pea)
Will they continue to grow ?

ginger749

February 2, 2012
7:52 PM

Post #8992799

I needed to reduce this Picture before I could add it here.
If I don't reduce the Pictures my Puter times out.
The joys of Dial-Up Internet.

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 2, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #8992800

Hard to say. Mine are at the same stage now...about a month early. If the weather changes, again, they may drop their buds. The plants will also shed the buds if they are too small to support flowers yet. Cross your fingers! If this is an unrooted cutting, the buds will probably drop, but at least you know you have a mature cutting.
ginger749

February 2, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #8992806

Would it make a difference if I grew it on in water for a time ?
The Flowers are so incredibly Big for such a thin Succulent.

OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 3, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #8993166

I've never tried them in water, so I don't know. I have seen some of my neighbors root them in water, but I don't speak the language, so I can't ask them.LOL!
ginger749

February 3, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #8993328

You mean there are people living in America who don't speak English ?

Thanks for your advice.
I will try it in water then.
Nothing tried, nothing gained.

kell.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 6, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #8996847

Very much appears to be Epiphyllum Oxypetalum if judged by the stem structure. ;I would think the budding would be new stems due to location and design,. Here is the flower that goes with it. I would root it in a soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot. Keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture. bob

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ginger749

February 6, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #8996855

Thanks Bob.

It has been in water for 4 days already.
So I will get some more and try it your way.

The buds are now three times bigger than my first Picture.
So they might be ok in the water.
Only time will tell I guess.

kell.
ginger749

February 6, 2012
11:51 PM

Post #8997532

The piece I am touching in this Picture is the piece I took home last week.

Today I went and got another piece.
I will try the soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot.
And I'll keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture.

Thanks to Bob.

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ginger749

February 7, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #8998377

This is the size of the Flower Spikes today.

More than 3 times bigger than two days ago.
This makes me believe it will grow roots in the water.

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ginger749

February 7, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #8998384

[quote="orchidman1"]Very much appears to be Epiphyllum Oxypetalum if judged by the stem structure. ;I would think the budding would be new stems due to location and design,. Here is the flower that goes with it. I would root it in a soil/wood chip/perlite medium in order for it not to rot. Keep it in open air for about a week before putting it in the soil mixture. bob

This message was edited Feb 6, 2012 3:20 PM[/quote]

Hi Bob,

I notice you first posted this Post on the 7-2-12.
Then you Edited it on the 6-2-12 ?

How on earth did you achieve such a thing ?
Do you know Dr Who ? ^_^

kell.





orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #9000808

Miracles!!!!!!!!!
ginger749

February 9, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9000865

I see,


Even higher up the ladder than Dr. Who. ^_^
The Flower spikes are more than 50 mm long.
And still going strong.
This Picture shows the 3 different methods I am using to try to propagate this Orchid.


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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 9, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #9000961

You go, girl!, but please don't call them orchids. They are epiphyitic cactus, not orchids.
ginger749

February 9, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9000996

Hi Carol ,

I must correct you on one teeny weeny little point.
Here in AUSTRALIA the name Ginger refers to a ♂ who has Red Hair.
Hope I don't disappoint.

Have you ever heard of the Red Fish called 'Nemo ?'

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 9, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9001013

I've been enjoying this thread, watching the post about the different methods to root epies. However, the last post is tooooo funny. ROFLMBO!!!!!!!
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 9, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9001175

LOL! I won't get in to the arguments for and against "common names" v "botanical" names, but you will have a hard time doing any research on your plants if you look up orchid.
ginger749

February 9, 2012
7:43 PM

Post #9001183

You are completely right Carol. ^_^
It was a typo error on my part sorry.
I have never gotten used to this Forum being called 'Orchid Cactus'.


Too darn hot to Mow at the moment. ( 28º C. )
Can't walk on the Concrete Driveway barefooted.
So I decided to find out a bit more about this Orchid Cactus on Yahoo.
I was totally blown away to find there are thirteen thousand different types of this cactus.
And there are many more being created by Botanists every year.

kell.

orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9002205

Kell: Looking at your picture I am thinking those are in fact blooms coming on your plants. I did't realize that you are in Austraiia and in the height of your blooming season! If they are blooms, they do not resemble Oxy blooms. I can't wait to watch them develop and reveal more. bob
ginger749

February 10, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9002214

I'm sorry Bob,
I should have made myself more clear at the start of this Thread.
The flower spikes are about 75 mm long this morning.

I'll take another Picture during morning tea.
Oh! and NO thanks to the Sushi.
A cupcake will do me.
I don't like eating something that is looking at me. ;o)

ginger749

February 10, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9002273

This is a Picture of the Flower spike taken today. (5 minutes ago)
This spike is on the last piece I collected and potted up.
The Flower spike on the right of this Picture is looking a tad pink ???

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ginger749

February 11, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9003079

Another close up of a suspect pink spike.

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 11, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9003290

Definately a bud!
ginger749

February 11, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9003392

Close up showing both colour buds on the one leaf.

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Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 11, 2012
9:04 PM

Post #9003607

I'm so excited to see what this blooms as!!!!
ginger749

February 11, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9003629

You are not the only one Depsi,

This has become the focus in my Gardening life.

When it Flowers.
I will take it inside My Studio for some night time Pictures.

The Parent Plant is only 5mm ahead of my cuttings.
So the amputation appears to have had no short term affect at all.

kell.


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ginger749

February 12, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9004321

Well !!! this morning my question was answered by Mother Nature.
The pink flower buds had dropped off. † † †

Because of the lack of any other answer.
I can only put it down to one thing.
The small piece I cut off only had enough internal juice/food to look after one bud.
So It discarded all the others.
In this case there were 3 buds discarded.
The one that remains is looking great today.

The cutting in the water has not dropped any buds and none have turned pink.
So there may be an answer to my dilemma on how to propagate them right there.

kell.

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 12, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9004555

OH Nuts!!!
ginger749

February 12, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9004574

Just took this Picture of the one good Flower Spike still remaining.
The three dropped Flowers are lying around on the potting soil.

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ginger749

February 12, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9004577

The cutting in the water has not dropped any buds and none have turned pink.
So things are looking GOOD there.

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ginger749

February 13, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9005846

Took this Picture this morning of the parent plant.
I have not noticed these two spent Flower buds before.
I wonder how old they are ?
And there is one pink bud at the very top just left of centre.
So I don't feel too bad about my pink buds. ^_^

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Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2012
9:42 PM

Post #9005894

You have blooms all over it!!! it's magnificent!!!! did you see mine on my post about cutting the runners off???
ginger749

February 13, 2012
9:48 PM

Post #9005897

No I didn't Depsi.
I'll go look right away.

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 14, 2012
8:16 PM

Post #9007154

I didn't mean blooms, I just meant my post...reread it & went ohoh...
ginger749

February 14, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #9007172

The remaining Flower Spike is now 5" long.

I have never seen such spindly leaves as the ones on your post Depsi.
Are ther really in a bathtub ?
Looks like lack of Sunshine to me ???

ginger749

February 14, 2012
9:45 PM

Post #9007211

Now that I am taking much more notice of these Orchid Cactus.
I noticed these much bigger lumps on the Leaves.
I can only guess they are the FRUIT ?
I just cut off 2 leaves from the Parent Plant with these cute little presents on them.
I will now wait till they gift their contents to me.

Here is a Picture of one of the Fruit ?
I wonder if they are edible ¿ ¿ ¿
Can I put them in my Stir Fry ?

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ginger749

February 14, 2012
9:48 PM

Post #9007212

This is this leafs total length.
Approx 23" long.

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Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 15, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9007584

May be lack of light, it faces east so gets morning sun...yes, originally I had it in the bathtub in the master bedroom 'cause I had no other place to fit it then it cut off the light there & my husband was annoyed so I put it in our unheated guest bedroom on a table...it's still sending out those feelers all over the place...they all are getting leaves on them so I'm just taking a wait & see attitude...I'm also waiting to see your open blooms!!!!!
ginger749

February 15, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9007868

I am also looking forward to the big day.
As this is my first time experience with this 'Crab Legs like Cacti.
I really have no idea how much longer it might take.

Yesterday I went and took more Pictures of the Parent Plant.

Originally it was a nice small Garden bed Plant.
When the Owner died and tenants moved in, it went feral.
It covers an area of 30 feet long by 10 ft wide.
Lots of Lantana is mixed into the group.

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ginger749

February 15, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9007872

Another Picture showing more than 180 Flower buds.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9008405

I'm moving to Australia! Never dreamed of an epie with 180 buds. bob
ginger749

February 15, 2012
10:16 PM

Post #9008418

You will be made most welcome here Bob.

Don't get me wrong now Bob.
I can't get to the base any more but I think there is more than one Root, maybe not.

You have something to look forward to when they all Flower.
I have counted 75+ in this one 5 ft wide section.

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ginger749

February 15, 2012
10:35 PM

Post #9008427

Well these wonderful looking Fruit just got the better of my curiosity.
I decided to pick one and dissect it with a very sharp knife.

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ginger749

February 15, 2012
10:40 PM

Post #9008429

Sorry folks but I can still only add one Picture at a time.





This message was edited Feb 17, 2012 12:06 AM

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ginger749

February 17, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9009723

You can see the results for yourself in this Picture.
I wonder if ANYONE is prepared to give their opinion of the contents ?
Thanks in advance to those of you prepared to venture an opinion.

kell.

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Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

February 17, 2012
9:56 PM

Post #9010658

Bob, get a group rate!!! I'm going too!!!
ginger749

February 18, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9010837

[quote="Depsi"]Bob, get a group rate!!! I'm going too!!![/quote]

OK then,
I'll slip another Snag on the BBQ.

This was the latest addition to my OC collection.
I am thinking of cutting this Fruit in ½ as an experiment and Photo opportunity.
This time I will cut it lengthways just for something different.
I know it will still be full of seed.

Has any one ever tried to propagate this Plant from seed ?

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ginger749

February 18, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9011297

Today I saw the first signs of the actual Flower bud Getting fatter and beginning to show white in the petal area.
So I am guessing the time is nigh.
I also cut the second seed pod/fruit in half.

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ginger749

February 18, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9011298

Close up of seeds.

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ginger749

February 19, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #9012612

Went for my usual 10 k walk this morning.
I was surprised to find the parent plant had produced over 30 Flowers over night.
So I went back with My Canon and got these all but too late Pictures of the limp Flowers.
The Flowers were already closed.
Mine will Flower tonight.

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ginger749

February 19, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9012614

Another Picture closer up.
Can you see how many Flower spikes yet to bloom ?

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ginger749

February 19, 2012
10:58 PM

Post #9012760

Just setting up the Epi for some close up family portraits tonight.
I'm using one of my Paintings as a back drop.

Looks like I'll be be pulling an all nighter. ;o)

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ginger749

February 19, 2012
11:00 PM

Post #9012761

A wider shot.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9013653

Well I didn't have to wait very long.
At about 7pm it all went into fourth gear.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9013658

Another 20 minutes and I had this.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9013661

It was at this stage I decided to drive up to the parent plant.
They were a good hour ahead of mine inside The Studio.

I never dreamt it would look so GOOD. ^_^

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9013665

I never lealised how close the House really was.
But I had warned them of my intention to take Pictures with a Flash Unit.

This is less than ¼ of the Flowers yet to come.

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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9013792

Now we know that your cuttings are Strictum.
This is a true epiphyllum. and is found all through the tropics. I truly love the bloom on this night bloomer.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9013842

Thanks Bob.

I will still finish posting the rest of last nights Pictures.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:09 PM

Post #9013846

I found a marone background was giving a better contrast.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:12 PM

Post #9013850

And another angle.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9013856

This is how I set it up.

Giving away secrets here.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9013859

From the other side.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9013862

CloseUp of the pollen.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9013865

I was reading this while waiting to take more Pictures.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9013916

WOW!!!! Absolutely amazing to see sooo many blooms at once, and the chronicle of the progress of your cutting was quite interesting to see. Did the cutting in water ever bloom, or did it loose the final bud as well?
ginger749

February 20, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9013944

Hi Cem9165,

I'm not exactly sure what happened to that bloom.
Ít is deformed and all the polen inside has turned brown.

I will take a Picture right now and add it in a few minutes. ^_^

Thanks for your interest Cem.

kell.


Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9013958

Thank you for sharing your plant and cuttings.
ginger749

February 20, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9013962

Here it is Cem.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9013966

And a close up of the dead pollen.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9013980

Kell thanks for sharing these pictures of the failed bloom. We can all learn from the experience of others. I've only ever rooted in soil, this is my second year growing epies, so hopefully I'll be lucky enough to see some blooms this year. Annette
ginger749

February 20, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9013988

I would very much like to see some pictures of your successes Annette.
I never saw one single bug on any of the Flowers all night ?

I could not believe how long the pollen things were.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9014009

Just before sunrise the Studio bloom took a sudden nose dive.
I could not believe how quickly it curled up and expired.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9014012

Just minutes later.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #9014013

And this was snapped just as the Sun rose.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9014016

Are you going to save your pollen? Here are my plants grown from cuttings, and a few of my schlums. They're all hanging out in the basement till it warms up, and they'll get booted back outside.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9014018

Oops!!! We crossed posts, LOL.
ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9014026

[quote="Cem9165"]Are you going to save your pollen?
[/quote]

How do I do that ?

I notice there is not many Fruit on the entire Parent Plant.
I wonder if that's because of the lack of Bees at night.
And the very few that do get pollinated get Fruit.

Thanks for Your Pictures Annette.





Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9014053

I'll let the experts weigh in on how to save epie pollen. I've never done it before. Since your parent plant blooms at night, I suspect it would get pollinated by moths.
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 20, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9014062

Moths and bats spread the pollen on night bloomers. Not sure which is the pollinator for Epi. strictom.
ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9014080

Thanks Annette and Carol.
There is about 3 more days of blooming still on the Parent Plant.
So I will go up tonight and look for any suspect pollinators.


It has been Raining all day so I have decided to remove all the seeds from my original Fruit slices.
The seeds are very sticky and are hard to separate.
I decided to put them into an old Honey Jar ½ full of water and a spoon full of beach sand.
I then shook it for more than an hour.
When all the sticky gel was washed off I put them on my Studio work bench.

Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
6:54 PM

Post #9014092

What a great way to clean seeds. Let's us know about the progress if you plan on planting them.
ginger749

February 20, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9014096

I'm not sure how many of you know the secret of soaking seeds in water ?
After one hour all the seeds soak up water at an equal rate.
ONLY THE VIABLE SEED WILL SINK.
The ones that float are RS 98% of the time.

I found 26 seeds inside the first seed pod/fruit that I cut up into slices.
18 of them sunk quickly to the bottom of a glass jar full of water.
8 of them remained floating for over 3 hours.
On closer examination under a 'Jewlers Eye Piece' the 26 good seed have small white things coming out of them.
I will plant all of the seeds but separate the good from the bad.
I just hope I won't need to wait ½ a year for some results.

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ginger749

February 20, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9014117

Has anyone else grown them from seed ?
I have just planted them in a seed tray.
Now wish me luck.

ginger749

February 20, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9014125

Yes Annette, a cool way of doing things.
Most seeds have a hard outer shell.
They need scarification.
Another method is submersing them in boiling hot water. (google it)
If I am not buisy I prefer the sand and water method.
Some people will even use an angle grinder to wear away the shell.
Impossible with these seeds, too darn small.
But it does work on Mango seeds. ^_^
A lot of the Australian Natives will only shoot after a good boiling.

kell.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 20, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9014151

Thanks for sharing, I wish you best of luck with your seeds. I've learned a new word
"scarification". What did you use for your potting medium in the seed trays?
ginger749

February 20, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9014171

I only used one small tray as there were only 26 seeds.
I made my mixture out of 10% standard potting mix and 90% coarse River Sand. (sharp sand)
It has worked for me on so many other seeds. (sand won't hold water)
So I thought I would give it a try here.
I will keep you posted on their progress.

Scarification: http://forestry.about.com/od/treeplanting/qt/scarification.htm

Have you noticed the Fruit is five sided ?


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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
4:51 PM

Post #9015126

Kell, thanks for the link on scarification. It also gave a link for stratification. Both were interesting.

That fruit looks way cool, I've never seen one before, such a pretty color as well. I wonder if the fruit are eaten by birds and animals?
ginger749

February 21, 2012
4:52 PM

Post #9015130

Last night started out a bit of a poor Flower watching experience.
At 6pm a massive black thunderstorm rolled right over my place.
It dumped more than 4 ½” of rain in about two hours.
I put away tripod and all my Photography gear and went to bed.

At 10-30pm I went outside to find two of my newly planted cuttings in full Flower.
One of them was the one rooting in water.
This time the Flower was perfectly OK. ^_^
I left the old deformed Flower on to see what might happen to it.
These Pictures were taken free-hand so they are not as clear as my Studio Pictures.

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ginger749

February 21, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9015133

Pic # 2.

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ginger749

February 21, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9015138

The Colour on the centre stem looks Redder than the previous Pictures.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9015142

Very nice, any scent from the blooms?
ginger749

February 21, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9015143

Back to the Warer Rooting Plant.
I am way happy about this outcome.


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ginger749

February 21, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9015153

Yes Annette there is a very strong scent that goes on for several hours.

There are still more buds for tonight.
My next point of interest is to see how many times a year they Flower.


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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9015184

Great, I just read on Matts Landscape website they bloom mid to late summer. With the size of the parent plant, does it have buds at different stages?
ginger749

February 21, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9015193

[quote="Cem9165"]With the size of the parent plant, does it have buds at different stages? [/quote]

Yes Annette,
The buds are at many different stages.
I guess it will flower for about 3 weeks.

But I have seen it Flower about 3 completely different months/seasons of the year.
Living near it for 35 years I have never taken Pictures of it before.
I was not interested in it at all.

kell.



Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9015203

That's the beauty of living in tropical weather year round, you get to enjoy these blooms more than once per year :-) I must confess my zone envy.
ginger749

February 21, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9015220

My Passion in life is the Cold, Ice and Snow. (born in København)
I would move to Canada or Alaska in a heart beat if it was not for my family here in Queensland.
I even have my new House picked out. ^_^


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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9015231

Gorgeous setting, but way too far north and cold for me. The issue is I love growing tropical plants, but I do not live in a zone that allows them to live outside all the time. Canada and Alaska are nice, but I wouldn't want to live in either place. Too short of a bloom season for me.

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ginger749

February 21, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9015331

We have a saying here in Ozz.
"The grass is always Greener on the other side".

I guess if I lived in Alaska I would pine for Queensland.
We have two growing times here in Brisvegas.
Day time and Night time. ^_^

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 21, 2012
8:04 PM

Post #9015343

Now that's the kind of weather that I can handle, LOL.
ginger749

February 21, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9015365

Did you know that poor little Fish Nemo was born on our "Great Barrier Reef ?"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finding_Nemo
I can drive there in just a few hours.

But I really do love the Mountains best of all.
This is us at the 'Glass House Mountains'.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2012
4:02 AM

Post #9015503

Wow, the Glass House Mountains look amazing. What a beautiful shot. BTW, Finding Nemo is still one of my favorite movies, LOL. I'm still a kid at heart.

ginger749

February 22, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9015708

Yes I agree with you about Our Mountain.

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ginger749

February 22, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9015719

This is Beerwah, the biggest of this group of Mountains.
The Late Crocodile Man has his 'Wildlife Park' at these Mountains.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #9019042

Kell, Beerwah is just beautiful. You live in an amazing part of the world. Do people climb/scale all of those mountains? They look rather steep.
ginger749

February 24, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9019069

Yes Cem,
People do Climb every one of these Mountains.
The East face of Beerwah is the highest and also the steepest.
It takes us about 4 hours to complete the ascent.
The overhang in the second last Picture is more than 8 meters wide. (fun)

But in reality we don't have anything like YOUR Yosemite National Park.
Now there is a real Climbers paradise. ^_^

ginger749

February 24, 2012
9:53 PM

Post #9019072

This is a Picture of Mt Beerwah on the left and Mt Crookneck on the right.

I am proud to say I entered this Picture in a Queensland Tourist Promotion Contest.
It won first prize and is being used world wide to try to get Yall to come visit us. ^_^

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ginger749

February 24, 2012
10:12 PM

Post #9019080

Yesterday, I was very pleased to see the first signs of my Epi. seeds begin to sprout.
I wonder how many of Yall have ever seen this miracle of life occur ?
I planted 18 good seed in this bed.
And 8 bad ? seed in another bed.

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ginger749

February 24, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9019084

Next day much more progress.
You can clearly see the black seed attached to the top of the young Epi. on the far left.

That's one of the 18 good seed I planted in here. (no doubt about it)

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9019424

Kell, your seeds germinated quickly. You must have some seriously good soil. The scarification must have made a difference.

Congrats on getting first place for your picture.
ginger749

February 25, 2012
8:56 AM

Post #9019431

Today there are 9 young shoots.

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ginger749

February 25, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9020020

Thanks Annette,

This is the end of night four of My Flowering Epis.
And yes, last night there was yet another Flower on one of my Epies.
There are now only 3 Flowers yet to come.
But they do look a few weeks behind.
Today I will return to the Parent Plant and pick as many fruit as I can reach.
I am anxious to grow and document as many young plants from seed as possible.
It has become my main mission in life. † † † (besides Christianity)

Well I got 8 new fruit.
I have only Photographed 4 of them here.
The other 4 were so ripe they burst open as I picked them.
So they went straight into my glass Jar of water.

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ginger749

February 26, 2012
9:08 PM

Post #9021380

Today was yet another exciting day here on the Mid East Coast of Ozz.
I start off my day by watering My 60 odd Potted Plants.
I noticed that ALL 18 of the Epis have shot.
And they are now 25mm tall.

And still no sign of the 8 that floated in the water.

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microb

microb
Mountain View, HI

February 26, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9021396

Interesting thread to read.

Ginger749 - You need patience with those seeds. I've grown "day blooming" epis from seed. Its fascinating to watch the development. My seedlings are now in their third year and are just starting to look like the parents - large flat leaves. Not sure when I can expect to see blooms, maybe not for another couple of years.

these are some of last years blooms. Not expecting buds this year until end of April.

Mike

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ginger749

February 26, 2012
10:39 PM

Post #9021405

Hi Rob,

That second picture of yours sure looks like what I have growing here.
Thanks for your encouragement.
Do you have pictures of your Grown from seed progress ?
If you have a link ? I would love to take a look.

This afternoon the end of the round stems have 3 distinct leaves on them.
Too early for a Picture of this stage.

Thanks again. ( and I do have lots of patience )

ginger749

February 27, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9022661

[quote="ginger749"]Thanks Annette,

This is the end of night four of My Flowering Epis.
And yes, last night there was yet another Flower on one of my Epies.
There are now only 3 Flowers yet to come.
But they do look a few weeks behind.

[/quote]

This is the Picture I took that night. (It rained all night)

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ginger749

March 1, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9026522

Well it has been one week since my Epies first started Flowering.
Last night the Big Multi Head Cutting growing in soil produced two more Flowers. (only one more to go)

This time I knew exactly what to do.
I went out at 1am and took Pictures.
I then got a Water Colour Brush and rubbed it all over the Pollen on both Flowers.
What I am hoping to do is produce my own Fruit on demand.

I have noticed the Parent Plant as big as it is, only produces a dozen Fruit.
I would like to increase that to 100% on My Flowers.
Can anyone tell me if I'm dreaming ?

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 3, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9028789

Hey Kell, glad you still had more blooms, how are the seedling doing?
ginger749

March 3, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9028924

Hi Annette,
Last night was the last Bloom I had left.
Once again I rubbed it with my Water Paint Brush hoping to get some fruit myself.

This is last nights Bloom.


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ginger749

March 3, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #9028994

At your request Annette,

This Picture was taken just a few minutes ago. ( now 35 mm tall )
All Plants are doing Great and so are the Grand Parents. ^_^
I now have more than 300 of these seedlings growing above the ground.
Very exciting times for me.

kell.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 4, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #9029375

Kell, congrats on your highly successful germination rate. They all appear very healthy and are growing nicely.
ginger749

March 5, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9031233

I'm not looking forward to their first Birthday.

Will I need to buy them all Presents ? ^_^

This is the ones growing in Deco.

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ginger749

March 13, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9041754

Today is a VERY EXCITING day for me.
I noticed that my Epis have developed their first true adult type leaf.
Check this out !

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ginger749

March 13, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9041755

Picture # 2.

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ginger749

March 13, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9041760

A Close Up of the 3 biggest ones.

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ginger749

March 13, 2012
6:40 PM

Post #9041772

The main Soil planted Epi. is also starting to grow new Flower Spikes.
I see some yellow fleas on the new Flower ?


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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #9041946

That is fantastic growth in such a short time. It's wonderful to see the progress. I'm glad your seedlings are doing well.
ginger749

March 13, 2012
9:51 PM

Post #9041966

Thanks Annette,

I also noticed at least two water roots on the one growing in water.
If it stops Raining tomorrow.
I will take some Pictures before planting it into soil.
Life is just so exciting don't you think ?

Sorry, no Picture here. ^_^




ginger749

March 19, 2012
12:52 PM

Post #9048950

Can you see the Yellow Aphids sitting on the new Flower Buds ?
Just before I took this Picture there were 6 Ants tending the aphids.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2012
7:48 PM

Post #9049563

Are the aphids harming the buds? I've never seen yellow aphids before.
ginger749

March 19, 2012
7:59 PM

Post #9049578

Hi Annette,

I took this Picture about 2 weeks ago.
And The Fruit bud was seriously infested.

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ginger749

March 19, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9049580

Two days later this was the damage.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 19, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9049613

OMG!!! What do you use to control them, they've gotta go!!!! Do the ants eat them?
Such destruction.
ginger749

March 19, 2012
8:35 PM

Post #9049623

The Ants 'Farm' them and 'Milk' them.

A story about the Ant mutualism.
Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plants they eat, eating the honeydew that the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a "mutualistic relationship".
These "dairying ants" "milk" the aphids by stroking them with their antennae.
Some farming ant species gather and store the aphid eggs in their nests over the winter. In the spring, the ants carry the newly hatched aphids back to the plants. Some species of dairying ants (such as the European yellow meadow ant, Lasius flavus) manage large "herds" of aphids that feed on roots of plants in the ant colony. Queens that are leaving to start a new colony take an aphid egg to found a new herd of underground aphids in the new colony. These farming ants protect the aphids by fighting off aphid predators.
An interesting variation in ant-aphid relationships involves lycaenid butterflies and Myrmica ants. For example, Niphanda fusca butterflies lay eggs on plants where ants tend herds of aphids. The eggs hatch as caterpillars which feed on the aphids. The ants do not defend the aphids from the caterpillars but carry the caterpillars to their nest. In the nest, the ants feed the caterpillars, which produce honeydew for the ants. When the caterpillars reach full size, they crawl to the colony entrance and form cocoons. After two weeks, butterflies emerge and take flight.
Some bees in coniferous forests also collect aphid honeydew to make "forest honey".

If they ever come back, I will take a Picture of the ants tending the aphids.

kell.


Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2012
5:41 AM

Post #9049871

Cool information, thanks for sharing, an example of the balance of nature. Ants and aphids aren't so bad after all :-)
ginger749

March 21, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9051733

I am finding it very hard to take a good Picture of the under water roots.
As soon as I pull the entire Epi. out of the water.
All the roots hang down and clump together.
Looks like I will have to find a Glass Jar big enough to hold the plant.
Then take a better Picture from below the water line.


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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9051984

Actually that is a pretty good picture showing the roots….I am amazed that you have been able to get this baby to root in water. I have 2 that were given to me, and I'm quite tempted to try this myself! Mine are still quite young, so I'm a little apprehensive to try it, but…..
Nothing tried…Nothing gained!

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 21, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9052063

I haven't tried rooting in water, but some of my neighbors have rooted (large) cuttings in 5 gal. buckets, successfully. These were stem cuttings, not leaf cuttings.
ginger749

March 21, 2012
9:05 PM

Post #9052257

Thanks Tim.

I am looking forward to the ones growing in soil to get as nice as the ones in your picture.
I say give the water method a go if you have some spare leaves.
Are you anywhere near Minnasota ?

Carol,
Did you get any pictures of your neighbours plant progress.

This Picture was taken side on showing roots on both sides.

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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2012
5:34 AM

Post #9052458

Hi ginger749, No, I'm no where near Minnesota…I'm in Northeast Florida. I've been up and down the east coast, but never west of the Mississippi….At least not yet! Where are you?
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 22, 2012
7:25 AM

Post #9052591

Ginger, no, I didn't get pictures while they were rooting, but the cuttings I got from them the following year have all bloomed for me their second year, with one exception, and it has buds this year. I do try to get stems , rather than pieces. They root and bloom much faster.
ginger749

March 22, 2012
8:04 AM

Post #9052636

Tim, I'm in Brisvegas.
Sometimes known as Brisbane.

I have a funny Picture of Minnesota.
That's why I asked.

The new buds on My Epis are now about 45 mm long.
So that will mean 2 lots of Flowers in less than 2 months.

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ginger749

March 23, 2012
11:18 PM

Post #9054787

Well today was finally a dry day.
I spent the first 3 hours spraying poison on weeds. (still 6 hours more to go)
Then I decided to pot up the water rooted Epi.
The bottom 3” was rotten.
So I cut it off ½" under the roots.

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March 23, 2012
11:19 PM

Post #9054788

Front View.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 24, 2012
8:52 PM

Post #9055891

Kell, those are nice roots. How long was the original piece that was rooted in the water?

I took all the epies outside today since our weather has warmed up so quickly. Of course there were a few casualties. I'm going to try the water rooting method with some the broken pieces.
ginger749

March 24, 2012
10:23 PM

Post #9055924

Hi Cem,
I planted that leaf at 8am on the 08 Feb 2012. (date is on My Pictures)
And I repotted it yesterday 24 March 2012.
Not bad for 45 days app. growth hey what ?

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ginger749

March 24, 2012
10:27 PM

Post #9055927

Sorry to hear about your losses.
Please do give the water method a go.

This is it going into the new pot.
Doesn't it look HAPPY ?

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2012
4:56 AM

Post #9056019

That is wonderful growth is such a short time. Hopefully the plant will take off, and give you blooms sooner. My casualties were just pieces that broke off as the plants were being used, so I'm going to cut them up, let some dry before repotting, but I also want to try the water rooting method as I mentioned above. I'll just wind up with extras of some of the plants eventually. Annette

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ginger749

March 29, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9062476

Today I got some new Orchid Cactus.
It's not the same as My Epi above.


I will take Pictures later today after My 4 Acres of Lawn has been Mowed.

ginger749

March 30, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9063770

Lawns all done. ^_^

Here are the Pictures of My new O/C.
I guess it is far to early to get an ID ?

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ginger749

March 30, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9063773

And this is the tip section.

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katrun
Alexandria, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 25, 2012
3:46 AM

Post #9314766

Ginger - Thanks for posting the pic of the Epi! Bush!! Lol I have never in my life seen it grow that wide and big. I have seen them in tropical places in tress, but never like that! WOW!!!
That is really amazing!
ginger749

October 25, 2012
1:14 PM

Post #9315230

Thanks Katrun for your comment.
ginger749

October 25, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9315231

What seems to me as a very short time.
My OC is finally Flowering.
This is the one in my last two Pictures.
I am quite surprised how big the Flower really is.

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ginger749

October 26, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9316558

This is both blooms on the one branch.

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ginger749

February 16, 2013
12:28 AM

Post #9420590

Hi katrun,

Excuse my ignorance, but where is Alexandria, VA ?
My Epi Plant is now producing Fruit/Seeds of its own.
I will take Pictures Tomorrow.


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