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The new season is here and so let's keep a record of our Epie blooms!
First 3 pics are of April Showers which is an excellent mid size blooming epie. Very reliable.
The last two are German Empress which are very prone to plant dying off and much more picky.
Nice blooms! I have a few early blooms on German Empress too, but the rest are a long way from blooming.
I've had no problems loading multiple pics, but I hate that you have to make all comments/descriptions on the first line, and can't add a name to each pic as you go.
Hello Ibarto. I hope our trades are doing well. I was surprized today with Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii'. Blooms are smaller this year for some reason yet very nice dark red. Mine are just starting to bud . I saw today buds on Strictum, Mor Mor, and Fiesta de Flores. I anticipate many more. bob
You are making me drool. My temps are dropping to the low 30's tonight, so this morning, hubby and I ran around grabbing all the epis and rhips we could along with some other tender things and put them all back in the greenhouse. Actually it is a good thing tho. They can get some more attention before I bring them back out.
Yes Bob, the cuttings you sent look great. I hope the ones I sent are doing well too.
Does anyone have a picture of the selenecereus grandiflorus blossom? I have several plants and haven't ever seen it flower.
orchidman1 wrote:Hello Ibarto. I hope our trades are doing well. I was surprized today with Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii'. Blooms are smaller this year for some reason yet very nice dark red. Mine are just starting to bud . I saw today buds on Strictum, Mor Mor, and Fiesta de Flores. I anticipate many more. bob
May I ask a question Bob and Linda? I was told by I think Dave on the Cactiguide.com that the true D. ackermanii is very rare, yet I read people talking about it frequently. Is that the same you are talking about here? The one I have is red and it is only getting new growth from a real hard trim by the previous owner. I was wondering how often do they bloom after they become acclimated to their new homes. Linda, whatever you sent me is growing like a weed but has not bloomed yet. You did not say what color it was. Sorry to butt in, I am very interested in learning more about them. JB
JB, do not feel like you are butting in. You are most welcome here. I have never heard of Ackermanii being rare. Bob do you know? JB, The colors I sent you will come as a big surprise... I don't have a clue. LOL I know the ones with the widest leaves were epiphyllum oxypetalum and will be white. I am almost sure I also sent you an epiphyllum strictum which will also be white. The others unless I wrote the names on the cuttings are unknown and won't be id'd until they bloom.They won't bloom until they are root bound. and their blooming season is usually anywhere from mid march- june.
I have this very old plant I inherited from a woman who just died last Fall. it has bloomed but it was so big they had to cut it back to get it into the car to bring it here.
Here is a quick shot of it. I am wondering how much to water it, when to feed it, when to expect blooms, when to take cuttings.
Not much I know about them. Especially since I do not know if it is an Epi or whatever. I thought it was a red Easter Cactus. LOL
Ibarto: selenecereus grandiflorus is our friend Oxypetlum or Queen of the Night. When you are told that it is rare it is because almost all Oxy's are now hybrids of the native selenecereus grandiflorus which were from the lower Americas. Chances of having a first generation cutting from a native plant is very unlikely. Mine are all hybrids and I 'll post pictures of both Oxypetalum (first) and strictum for you. They are still labeled Selenecereus Grandiflorus.
Bob, this old girl has several three angle stems and I wondered if that was normal. Thanks for the other info. I have so much to learn about these plants. There are so many hybrids and colors I do not know where to begin. I would doubt mine is very rare. LOL
Ok Bob, then I have the wrong name for this plant. The plant I have has tubular stems and spines. Not flat leaves like my oxypetalums. I will go back to researching. Heaven only knows what it may turn out to be. LOL I will try to snap a picture tomorrow.
Bob/orchidman1...thanks so much for providing the description of Ackermanii... and the obvious characteristics of Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii'... mine fits this bill!
Mine has just finished blooming. Your description has helped me stop wondering. The hybrid is very lovely and I am very happy with my plant that someone passed on to me several years ago.
My strictum has been a very good bloomer and put out 5 sets of blossoms all last summer. Anxiously waiting for my oxypetallum to bloom this year...she has several buds.
Master of Mars blooming now. The varieties I have are some old-timers, I think, but none-the-less, the blossoms are all stunning. I'm won over and proudly claim a new plant addiction!! ;-)
Linda, likewise, the cuttings you sent me last year survived the winter in my greenhouse and are rooting nicely. Thanks again for your generosity
Brenda, it is good to hear from you. Glad your plantlets are doing well.
What are you all feeding your epis?
Bob, the cuttings you sent me are looking great. 1 of the german empress cuttings looked yesterday as tho she had the purple chicken pox tho. I don't know what caused that so I have some research to do.
As soon as I get buds, you will hear from me. You will probably see the happy dance from where you are.
I feed them something I shouldn't, evidently from what I have read on this forum. A time release 12-8-6, something like that. I will mend my ways as far as the fertilizer used in the future. Cuttings were planted 2 years ago in potting soil, soil conditioner (bark) and perlite mixture. Kept for two winters in a cool greenhouse, not by choice but dictated by the size of the power bill. I was tight for hanging space so planted three varieties of leaf cuttings in each 8" pot. I have to refresh the names every year, and keep a plant tab on each one. I have only lost the name on one, so my system is working so far.
My plants are going outside next week to hang under the cherry tree all summer. Hopefully a fair amount of rain this summer will leach out the excess nitrogen in the soil.
This is my Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii'... evidently a popular variety, since I see so many photos that look like it.
Hmm. I seem to have missed the feeding advice for German Empress. Mine looked really spotted last year, but the new growth looks good. I give mine Vitabloom (0-10-10) in spring, Osmocote (14-14-14) for the summer, and nothing during the cold weather. I suppose the little rain we got this winter could have leached out the Osmocote, if that was the problem.
OC I've never seen a perfect German Empress before. They always have spots and ugly growth. Mine will always have dead leaf growth alongside healthy. All that I have read says this is the norm. Yet, beautiful blooms come forth.
Thanks for the Birthday wishes. Much appreciated. bob
HI, I could not find where I stored my epie photos, so went out this morning and took a photo of Master of Mars. It dropped the other buds ... our weather has been either really, abnormally, hot ... or like now, turning off to our cooler, but more normal weather. Spring's yo-yo!
Does anyone know of a person or store that may have a Schlumbergera opuntioides? I have a customer who wants one to give his 80 year old Mother for her birthday. I just do not have any and neither do any of the wholesalers I deal with. Maybe I should consider starting to handle those. Who has room for all the species and hybrids????LOL I checked on DG but everyone there is also on the WANT list.
My Mor Mors above are really Mor Mor followed by German Empress. I Hurried too much. The attached are this year.s Mor Mor.
Wholyhosta: Love your picture of Master of Mars. Mine is ready to bloom for the first time and I now know what to expect bob
We have a small collection, but so far not many have bloomed yet for us, but I am sure they will at some point. But we do have a lovely one out now. It is the first year that this one has bloomed. It has had many huge blooms so far with more to come. Patience seemed to have worked. It is Epiphyllum Mr. P.
We planted a cutting of it in our GH on April 9, 2007 as bought from Mark Piette. I will post more shots of others if they ever spring forth. Patti
Todays new bloom is Alchemy, I'M sure it will open wider but we'll see. This is it's not the first bloom and there are many more buds. I see that Caroline and Fieste de Flores will bloom very soon as well as Ackermanii and several more. bob
I use 10-10-10 with all my plants; greenhouse and garden. I use it also in my in-line watering system-- I just put it in a blender, blend and add to the injector canister. I also feed every time I water bob
I bought the in line canister on Amazon.com for $9.95. I just added it to my PVC water line that feeds my greenhouse watering system. I spliced it into the line after the Turn on valve so it would not get into my water lines. I put granular 10-10-10 in a bucket and let it dissolve. I have an old blender that I use to liquidfy the resulting mash which I then pour into the canister. The canister adds the fertilizer to the watering system. It provides a light feeding about once a week. I also have a misting system which comes on for 5 minutes everyday during hot weather and once a week in cold weather. The mister does not carry fertilizer.
Thanks Bob, I think that is a little more advanced that I am ready for just yet. I am not set up for all of that. I am planning to re-pot the cuttings I have started with the names attached into hanging baskets and move some of the other no-id baskets into a different area. I know there is no identifying them just by the bloom, but I found a list of some that I had bought when I first began collecting them. I am hoping maybe I can see flowers and possibly attach at least colors to the baskets.
Two new surprises last night. The red is ackermanii which bloomed earlier in the season. The aster shaped pink is Wild Thing which is very different than when it bloomed several years ago. The blades are much thinner and the color less intent. The third picture is of my first bloom on Wild Thing two years ago for comparison. bob
Tonights new bloom is Fiesta de Flores. First time it's bloomed and it is about a foot wide. I also had two strictums that I missed seeing when they bloomed. Strictum blooms throughout the season and bloomed already earlier this year. bob
Gorgeous !!! You always have the best pictures. I'm still waiting for my puny little cuttings to flower. This is only their second year. They are growing very well so I'm hoping for flowers next year. I have not had much bloom this year at all.