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gardengrrl
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 26, 2001
1:32 AM

Post #4126

hi you all
can you help me identify what might be going on here?
this little cactus was at one time a grafted cactus, now the top part has died, and the bottom part has grown a big new arm. well, this arm has been around a month or so, it's grown really fast, and in the last week or so, there has appeared on this new arm a growth. what is this growth ? is this some sort of parasite, or part of the plant? haven't seen anything like it before, so thought you guys could help. it's the little whitish yellow thing in the picture. it's growing right out of the middle of the arm.. it has grown very fast. any help would be appreciated.

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ehrikon
Switzerland
(Zone 6b)

April 26, 2001
5:24 PM

Post #71073

it will be a climbing cactus soon!
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2001
5:47 PM

Post #71077

hi there

what you had was a cactus grafted onto an epiphyllum. I always buy these and bin the cactus.

pot it on asap into a good compost with added leafmold which you can get in any deciduous woodland. the leaves will grow to 2 feet or so. once the plant is happy it will get huge flowers in early summer. these grow from little buds along the sides of the stem. the flowers are huge and can have a trumper 6 inches across.

I'll scan a photo and post it in the photo forum later today

Mark
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2001
5:59 PM

Post #71082


hi there

here is a link to my online photo album where I just put the photo of a epiphyllum flower

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1389828&a=10396194&p=47315110&f=0

Mark
gardengrrl
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 1, 2001
7:15 AM

Post #71959

thank you mark for your info..
nice picture...i'm still a little confused, though.. are you saying this is what was growing out the side of the arm? that beautiful flower?
mark
Antrim, Northern Ire
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2001
9:08 PM

Post #72090

no, thats the flower that will be produced if you pot it on and look after it well.

that is a root growing out of the arm. these plants can be trained up moss poles

right now all my Epiphyllums have buds forming.

Mark

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