Herself's Houseplants

Killing plants so you don't have to

Orchid Cactus ( Epiphyllum oxypetallum ) aka Night blooming cactus

July 2014

July 2014

And a spineless cactus she is! This cactus will grow to as tall as 3′ and have 2′ long branches that produce stems and flowers. Although the flat stems look like leaves they are not leaves.

This is the most popular of the houseplants I put outside each summer, I’ve given away cuttings to probably all 100+ houses in the neighborhood.

This can grow as a hanging plant, lots of sun, little water, treat it like a cactus. Or if you prefer upright, tall stalks form with flowers. To get it to grow more upright give it less sun and more water. I’m working on getting it to grow upright along my front walk. ( at least until the next freeze )

Keep the temperature above 40’F

If you are having trouble getting yours to bloom try to place it some where a bit chilly for a couple of weeks. Perhaps in a garage or basement near a window or door so it still receives light. Do not let it freeze! Chilly – not cold is what you want.

You can cut off some of the stem, let it dry for about a day or two then replant it and you’ll get a new plant from it.

These plants can be mounted and grown with just a small amount of moss around the roots. They also make great hanging plants.

The flower is heavily scented, opens at night and lasts only one evening.

See also Epiphyllum , for some gorgeous photos and more information

I’m told they are addictive and looking at the pictures at the link above and below I can see why.

See also:
putting all your eggs in one basket