My Epiphyllums

 

 

Epiphyllum Cuttings

 

Below is the method I use to grow my Epiphyllums.

Dip cutting ends in rooting  powder and let dry for a few days. Use a good quality free draining potting mix to which a 1/4 of washed sand has been added.  Following the directions on packet add some blood and bone. Plant into small pots and make sure you also insert a label.  Keep just damp... not wet ...as the cuttings will rot.

I fertilize with Flourish or Thrive made to the directions.

Once the cutting are well rooted they can be transferred to a bigger pot or hanging basket.

I use a mixture of equal parts of a good quality potting mix, sandy loam  and finely chopped pine bark.  (Available from the cheap shops like Sam's or Crazy Clark's and soak it in a seaweed fertilizer solution overnight)

Remember that established plants should never be allowed to dry out completely. Then allow the top 1/3 of the mix before watering again.

Epiphyllums like morning sun and shade from the hot midday sun.

These plants like free air movement.

I fertilize cuttings with Flourish or Thrive made to the directions and large plants I fertilize once a month with the Beer Fertilizer.

Do not fertilize Epiphyllums in the winter months.

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Beer Fertilizer

I was given this fertilizer for my orchids and find it works well on Epiphyllums too.
1 12-ounce can or bottle of beer
1 cup of Epsom salts
1/2 cup of ammonia
2 cups of water
Mix and put into a 1-quart container. Use 1/2 oz. per gallon of water every two weeks, when you water your cactus.

1 cup = 8 ounces; 1/4 cup = 2 ounces = 4 tablespoons
1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons; therefore 1/2 oz is 1 Tbsp.

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In August I  give the plants Potash.

This method seems to work well for me.

 

 

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