Epi Bloom 2012

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

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.




This message was edited May 10, 2012 1:27 PM

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

We'll try one at a time photos...maybe

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This is German Empress, a medium size bloomer.

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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Those first ones are a great colour Bob.
I just got a new piece today.
I'll be posting Pictures later today.
I hope it is like yours.

Thanks for sharing your 2012 Blooms.

Can never see too many pictures.

kell.

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

Very nice blooms, thanks for sharing. I'm hoping to get some blooms this year from my plants that were started from cuttings 2 years ago.

For posting pictures, I use Windows Paint to modify the size of the pictures to 25%, and I can then post up to five pictures per line. Best of luck with you blooms this season.

Pawleys Island, SC

Awesome photos Bob, Mine haven't started blooming yet. For some reason my April Showers didn't set buds. I may have kept it too dry over the winter.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

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

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Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

Think I love the red better than the pink one. They are beauties.

Lavina

Pawleys Island, SC

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.

I don't think I can choose a favorite!

Wrightstown, NJ(Zone 7a)

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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

Pawleys Island, SC

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.

ibartoo

Wrightstown, NJ(Zone 7a)

Thank you Linda. I will write you exactly what they wrote to me when I ask them to identify this cacti...he said this is what it is:

http://www.cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Disocactus&species=x+hybridus

Then he said "Here are the parents: One is common in cultivation, one is almost nonexistent. While the true D.ackermanii is even more rare!"

http://www.cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Disocactus&species=speciosus

http://www.cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Disocactus&species=phyllanthoides

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

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Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

I do have the information you seek.

Disocactus x hybridus 'Ackermannii' (the common hybrid we all have)
1. Flowers red
2. Stems 2-3 angled, flowers campanulate, stigma lobes white - D. x hybridus 'Ackermannii'

2. Stems never 3-angled, flowers not campanulate, stigma lobes purplish red - species - D. ackermanii (This is the native, rare type--the purlish stigma is your best clue) bob

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Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

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.

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Wrightstown, NJ(Zone 7a)

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

the white and cream are beautiful.

Pawleys Island, SC

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.

Pawleys Island, SC

These are what my stems on this one look like. I was thinking it was selenecerus coniflorus, but I guess that is a synonym for s. grandiflorus. Any ideas?

Wrightstown, NJ(Zone 7a)

Linda was there to be a picture on that last post? if so, I did not get it. JB

Pawleys Island, SC

oops, I will try again....
http://www.cybertruffle.org.uk/vinales/eng/selenicereus_grandiflorus.htm

Lula, GA

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 B.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Brenda etal: Please remember to post your blooms so we can all enjoy.

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Pawleys Island, SC

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.

Gotta run, linda

Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

Happy birthday Orchidman1

Lavina

Lula, GA

Bob, Happy Birthday too!

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.

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Pawleys Island, SC

Happy Birthday Bob!

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Happy Birthday, Bob!

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.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

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

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

Haha! that's what I've read too. Looking at mine again, it seems the new growth is starting to get spots now.

Lula, GA

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!

I appreciate the info that is shared here.

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Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Tonight a new epie bloom or two: Mor Mor makes it's 2012 appearance. Smaller blooms than last year. bob

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Lula, GA

Bob, those are so lovely.........................
I don't have any epies like that yet ...........I'll see how I do with the ones I have for now before I start haunting eBay for some newer varieties.

Is it the temps that make the blossoms smaller? What are the variables affecting this? We did have a really hot summer last season.

Wrightstown, NJ(Zone 7a)

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.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

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

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Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Tonight's surprise bloom is Strictum; This is early in the season. The bloom was in the ceiling of the greenhouse which didn't make for great pictures. bob

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Pawleys Island, SC

I really need to feed mine! I believe I will start feeding again tomorrow.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

Tonights surprise is Alchemy; a beautiful yellow. Bloom is around 5 inches across and this is it's first bloom.

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