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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

Tillandsia brachycaulos – Blooming

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Tillandsia brachycaulos in Flowers

Tillandsia brachycaulos in Flowers

And….. suddenly and so very quickly they are there. Did they just grow like that overnight? The small purple flowers are nothing spectacular, the beauty has to be admired closely. The other two Tills only grew pups, but I have not seen any flowers yet. Will their flowers also grow magically overnight? Fingers and toes cross🙂 More

Tillandsia brachycaulos

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Update on the air plant Tillandsia brachycaulos.

Tillandsia brachycaulos

Tillandsia brachycaulos – January 29, 2015

The reason I bought it was for its pink colour. After a while it changed green. I asked someone online about this colour change and she explained that only during flowering period the leaves were bright pink.   Today it has changed pink again, but I still cannot see any sign of flowering. More

Epiphyllum Cuttings – New Growths

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Quick update on Ephiphyllum cuttings, 2 months later:

How exiting to see five Epiphyllum/Disocactus ackermanii cuttings have started to grow new shoots. Though many still have no signs of progress, it is very encouraging. I never have thought that they can grow this quick. I have noticed that there are two kinds of new shoots – from the stem node and  from the soil. As many of the stems are damaged by snails and slugs, it explains why some new growths are coming out from the soil instead of the stem nodes.

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