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Saving Rotting Euphorbia obesa

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Around 2 weeks ago I noticed that the big and old Baseball plant (Euphorbia obesa) was leaning to one side of the pot and I use a rock to give it support to stand straight. At that time I thought the plant was still hard to touch. But today I noticed that it had unusual colour and when I touched the bottom part it was very soft.

It makes me sad as we have had it for many years. When we bought it around 20 years ago, More

Epiphyllum ‘ Great Waltz’ and ‘Andromeda’

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Recent Photos:

Epiphyllum ‘Great Waltz’: The biggest blooms with vivid colour combination of mauve pink edged with soft pink petals while the sepals have orange tinged. The open blooms last for about 3 days before they start to wilt.

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Sunrise Cactus

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Sunrise cactus is named so because of the fact that the flowers only open during the day when it is bright and sunny, they will close during the night. The botanic names are Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, Rhipsalis gaertneri, Hotiora gaertneri or Epiphyllum gaertneri. On the northern parts of the world like in United States it is also known as Easter cactus.

We only have one variety of Sunrise cactus plant with starry mauve pink blooms. To me personally, it is the hardest and the fussiest plant to grow. It is prone to suddenly wilt away for no apparent reason. Few years ago, I tried to save the mother plant from wilting and rotting away by saving some healthy leaf cutting. But up to now, it is only one little pot survives and to my surprise it is blooming beautifully.

- Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri - Sunrise cactus Oct. 2015 Sunrise Cactus - Pink Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri Oct. 2015 Sunrise Cactus - Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri Oct. 2015 Sunrise Cactus Oct. 2015

Orchid Cactus – Prolific Bloomers

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From all the orchid cacti that we have, Nopalxochia phyllanthoides and Chiapasia nelsonii  are the most prolific bloomers.

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides:

It  is also known as Disocactus phyllanthoides, Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’ or ‘German Empress’, while the common name is Pond Lily cactus. The prolific small flowers are ice pink. The difference with this one is that the flower buds start to grow like tiny flowers. For weeks, slowly the tiny pinkish flower buds grow and the more they look prettier. Until one day they start to mature and the fully open flowers will last around three days before they start to wilt.

Flower Buds in different stages.

Flower Buds in different stages.

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Orchid Cactus – Disocactus ackermannii

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This large red Disocactus ackermannii is one of the very first orchid cacti that we have. During the years I had planted few stems and these are from one of the cuttings that now has been mature and it is bearing many blooms. The mother plant had grown so big and last year the stems were damaged eaten by snails and slugs. I cut all the reasonably good stems (27 cuttings) and plant them. Most of these cuttings have grown new shoots, but they are still too young to flower. More

Rare Succulents

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Both of these plants are succulents, they are not cacti. A succulent plant is named a cactus if only it is prickly and spiny. Both Euphorbia obesa and Senecio globosa are spineless and smooth. The two plants are quite rare here in Melbourne as they are a bit hard to find.

Euphorbia obesa:

Euphorbia obesa - Baseball plant

Euphorbia obesa – Baseball plant

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Tillandsia

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Tillandsia

Just an update on the Tillandsias:

After finished flowering the T. brachycaulos has grown a small pup. Meanwhile, the T. melanocrater ‘Tricolour’s pup is getting bigger. More

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