Disocactus Species, Pond Lily Cactus

Disocactus phyllanthoides

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Disocactus (dy-soh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: phyllanthoides (fil-lan-THOY-deez) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(aka German Empress)
Synonym:Cactus phyllanthoides
Synonym:Nopalxochia phyllanthoides

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Foliage Color:

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Height:

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Spacing:

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Hardiness:

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Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Hayward, California

Jacksonville, Florida

MILILANI, Hawaii

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Banks, Oregon

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 7, 2018, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Just sold my arm and a leg for a small cutting off of ebay. Hopefully as time goes by I can document its growth into something spectacular here on DG.
Its in a 6" pot to give you idea of size.

2021: Its fine. Filling an 8" pot. I think its a little more sensitive to direct sun than most Epiphyllum cactus. It so far only blooms once a year,but later that could change. We will see.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

"German empress" is not a cultivar, but the common name for the species.

This species is one of the three parents of the epiphyllum hybrids.

Under the right conditions, it can bloom three times a year.

Positive

On Jan 6, 2005, boojum from Shelburne Falls, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Found this hanging plant without a tag in a local gardening store. Leaves are flat like a very large leafed Christmas cactus. Very showy in bloom. Origin: Southern Mexico.

According to the websiteTropical Treasures:
"This species is spineless, has comparatively closed, soft pink flowers, and has flattened two-sided bladelike stems. It has scales on the flower stems, much like E. crenatum.

Large plants need to be grown in a hanging basket, even though the foliage will initially stick upright. When it bears flowers there are so many of them that they pull the foliage down."

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