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Orchid Cactus – More Blooms 2016

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This year the Epiphyllum flowers are larger compared to the previous years. Perhaps cooler spring temperatures have made them bigger. Every time they flower, I can’t help myself not to take photographs and fiddle around a little bit by making black background. Epiphyllum ‘Santa Barbera’ has very similar colour to E. ‘Great Waltz’, the difference is mainly on the shape of the petals. The E. ‘Andromeda’ hasn’t ready, the flower buds haven’t opened yet.

Epiphyllum ‘Santa Barbera/Barbara’:

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Flowering Succulents November 2016

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana:

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Zygocactus 2016

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Zygocactus - Small Red

Zygocactus, Crab’s claw cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) dikenal dengan nama  Christmas cactus dibelahan bumi bagian utara. Di Australia, jenis kaktus epifit ini berbunga di akhir musim gugur dan musim dingin yang jatuh pada bulan Mei s/d Agustus. Karena tidak berbunga disekitar hari Natal di bulan Desember, kami di Australia tidak menyebutnya dengan nama Christmas cactus, Untuk selanjutnya

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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