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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:)

Tillandsia Airplants

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Blooming Tillandsia brachycaulos

Blooming Tillandsia brachycaulos

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. <Thanks minigemm>  Today it has changed pink again, but I still cannot see any sign of flowering.

Colour change

Colour change

Tillandsia brachycaoulos - ready to flower?

Tillandsia brachycaoulos – ready to flower?

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.

E. Ackermanii - New Growth

Epiphyllum ackermanii - New Growth

Epiphyllum/Disocactus ackermanii – New Growth

The cuttings back on November 12, 2014:

Planted Disocactus ackermannii cuttings

Planted Disocactus ackermannii cuttings

Pruning Epiphyllum

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Disocactus ackermanni cutting

Disocactus ackermanni cutting

This morning I pruned the large Disocactus/Epiphyllum ackermannii that had been neglected and eaten by snails and slugs. I got rid of the bad stems as many as I could and at the same time trimming the plant into better shape. I have many cuttings that are reasonably good to regrow later on after hardening. I have marked all the cuttings and an arrow to make it easier to spot which ends to go into the growing media. Hopefully all the cuttings are good enough to grow. It will take around ten days or so to harden the cuttings in this warm late spring time.

Tomorrow I have to repot the parent plant. It is so big and heavy, I will need hubby’s help to take the it out of the pot.  Oh yes, it still managed to grow one flower bud!!!

damage Disocactus ackermannii - not flowering

Disocactus ackermannii before pruning

Very Large Disocactus ackermannii after trimming.

Very Large Disocactus ackermannii after trimming/pruning.

Cuttings to harden before replanting.

Cuttings to harden before replanting.

November 19, 2014: Planted the cuttings this morning.

Planted Disocactus ackermannii cuttings 19/11/2014

Planted Disocactus ackermannii cuttings

Epiphyllum – Orchid Cactus

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Notes on Epiphyllum 2014:

Epiphyllum ‘Great Waltz’ has the most extravagant colours and the flowers are very large.

Orchid Cactus - Epiphyllum 'Great Waltz'

Orchid Cactus – Epiphyllum ‘Great Waltz’

Epiphyllum 'Great Waltz'

Epiphyllum ‘Great Waltz’

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Disocactus ackermannii, deep red colour blooms, unfortunately I lost the parent plant to snails that have eaten the edges of the leaves/stems. Have to sort it out to save some of the good cuttings to grow. Luckily, I have few small ones that I grew a couple of years ago.

Disocactus ackermannii

Disocactus ackermannii

Red Epiphyllum - Disocactus ackermannii

Red Epiphyllum – Disocactus ackermannii

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Epiphyllum ‘Andromeda’, large bloom with very soft blend of white and yellow.

Epiphyllum 'Andromeda'.

Epiphyllum ‘Andromeda’.

Epiphyllum 'Andromeda'

Epiphyllum ‘Andromeda’

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Chiapasia nelsonii – Disocactus nelsonii: The earliest and prolific bloomers, seems that this small orchid cactus is the easiest to grow and can resist various problems that the others easily suffer.

Chiapasia nelsonii

Chiapasia nelsonii

Orchid Cactus - Chiapasia nelsonii

Orchid Cactus – Chiapasia nelsonii

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Nopalxochia phyllantoides – Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’ or also known as Pond Lily Cactus, small flowers and last longer that the others.

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides - Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides – Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides - Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides – Epiphyllum ‘Deutsche Kaiserin’

16/11/2014 – Yellow Epiphyllum with unknown identity:

Yellow Epiphyllum Orchid - Flower Bud (Noid)

Yellow Epiphyllum Orchid – Flower Bud (Noid)

Noid Yellow

Noid Yellow

Damage by Snails:

I have examined the parent plant of the Disocactus ackermannii that is not flowering this year. Many of the long stems/leaves have been  eaten either by snails or bugs and have lost the nodes where the flowers grow. Not all of them are damaged, so I have to cut all the bad ones off.

Snail damage stem of Disocactus ackermannii

Snail damage stem of Disocactus ackermannii

damage Disocactus ackermannii - not flowering

damage Disocactus ackermannii – not flowering

Cracking Penis Plant

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Our Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Monstrose’ or commonly known as Penis Plant or Penis Cactus has many white patches for a long time. I don’t know why, it looks ugly but otherwise it seems to be healthy.

Only today I noticed something else. The tip of the biggest cactus cracked open. I think it was the four days in a row over 40 deg. C heat recently that had caused the mishap. Now it looks even uglier with big cracks on the tip surrounded by dry scaly skin. Ouch….. looks absolutely disgusting!

I will update later if there are any changes to this weird plant.

Penis Plant Splits Open

Penis Plant Cracked Open

The Cracking Penis Plant

The Cracking Penis Plant

Update August 03, 2014:

Months later, from the crack a new growth is forming. Very odd :)

New growth on the crack!

New growth on the crack!

Tillandsia, Tanaman Udara

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Tillandsia melanocrater 'Tricolour'

Tillandsia melanocrater ‘Tricolour’

Tanaman udara? Ya betul, bahasa Inggrisnya adalah ‘air plant’ dan nama ilmiahnya adalah Tillandsia. Dinamakan demikian karena tanaman ini tidak memerlukan tanah untuk hidup.

Tillandsia Air Plants

Ditempat asalnya yaitu dihutan-hutan dan gurun di Amerika Selatan, Amerika Tengah dan bagian Selatan Amerika Serikat, tanaman ini hidup menempel dipepohonan tapi tahu diri karena sifatnya bukanlah parasit. Juga didaerah gurun, tanaman ini hidup menempel dibebatuan. Akarnya hanya digunakan untuk melilitkan diri didahan, supaya tidak diterbangkan angin. Untuk hidup, daun yang memiliki bulu-bulu halus (trichome) itu menyerap air dari udara dan juga menyerap air yang terkumpul didasar tanaman yang kaya dengan nutrisi karena tercampur dengan dedaunan dan serangga mati yang membusuk.

Tanaman Tilllandsia yang termasuk didalam keluarga besar Bromeliad ini, untuk mempercantik kebun dan dekor rumah membutuhkan cara tumbuh yang amat sederhana, karena tak perlu tanah sama sekali. Tanaman ini ditanam dengan menggunakan lem (lem silicon/yang tahan air) untuk menempelkan dan bisa ditempelkan dimana saja. Diatas bebatuan, karang, kayu, patung, dahan pohon dsb. Pangkal tanaman diolesi dengan sedikit lem dan ditempelkan. Ini bisa dilakukan oleh siapa saja tanpa harus kotor-kotor menggunakan tanah. Karena sifatnya yang tahan kering, tanaman ini tidak akan gampang mati, walau supaya subur bisa kadang-kadang disemprot dengan air dan diberi pupuk yang dicampur air. Menyemprotnya cukup dengan botol semprotan, jangan pakai selang air.

  • Tanaman udara ini cocok untuk suhu udara mulai dari 10 derajat s/d 32 derajat C.
  • Supaya bisa tumbuh dengan subur dan keluar anakannya, bisa sebulan sekali disemprot dengan air yang telah dicampur dengan ‘sedikit’ pupuk (pupuk soluble, separoh ukuran saja). Juga dimasa musim kering, tanaman bisa sering-sering disemprot dengan air supaya tidak kekeringan. Menyemprotnya lebih baik pakai botol semprotan. Kalau diletakkan diluar rumah, semasa musim hujan dimana udara basah, tanaman tak perlu disemprot air. Kebanyakan air bisa menyebabkan pembusukan.
  • Tempat yang cocok adalah tempat yang terkena sinar matahari tapi sedikit ternaung, mirip dengan tempat diantara dedahanan pohon.
  • Tillandsia memiliki sekitar 540 spesies dan banyak yang memiliki bunga warna warni, bentuk yang aneh dan warna daun yang indah. Cocok untuk memperindah dekor rumah misalnya diatas meja diberanda yang cukup terang. Didalam rumah didekat jendela atau tempat lain yang cukup terang. Bisa ditempelkan dikayu kering/apung, diatas patung, piring, mangkuk atau gelas terbalik dsb…. banyak sekali pilihan tergantung dari imaginasi anda.
  • Kalau ditempelkan ditempat simana air bisa menggenang (misalnya lekukan, dipiring dsb lebih baik dibuat lubang supaya air bisa mengalir keluar. Setelah ditempelkan tanaman ini bisa diletakkan diatas meja dsb atau digantung.
  • Tanaman dibiakkan dari offset/anakan yang dipisahkan dari induknya. Untuk ditempelkan, tanaman udara ini tidak harus punya akar.

Ketiga tanaman Tillandsia yang kami punya ditanam dengan ditempelkan diatas kayu kering yang bentuknya artistik. Selama tiga hari lebih dari 40 derajat Celsius di Melbourne saat ini, tanaman tersebut tetap tampak segar dan dua kali sehari disemprot air selama cuaca panas yang amat ekstrim. Juga selama udara teramat panas, tanaman diletakkan ditempat yang lebih terlindung dari sinar matahari. Ini membuktikan bahwa jenis tanaman ini lebih tahan hawa kering dan panas dibandingkan dengan hawa dingin dan terlalu basah.

Tillandsia diatas kayu kering

Tillandsia diatas kayu kering

Tillandsia brachycaulos

Tillandsia brachycaulos

Tillandsia stricta

Tillandsia stricta

Note September, 2014:

Tillandsia brachycaulos (front left) was nice and pink before but now it turns green ????

Tillandsia

November 23, 2014:

Tillandsia melanocrater ‘Tricolour’ is growing a pup. Beberapa hari yang lalu waktu memeriksa tanaman tillandsia, ada anakan tumbuh pada T. melanocrater ‘Tricolour’. Sedangkan yang abu-abu T. stricta memang sudah ada beberapa anakan. Yang satunya lagi T. brachycaulos’ masih belum tampak ada anakannya.

Tillandsia Melanocrater 'Tricolour' - Pup (anakan)

Tillandsia Melanocrater ‘Tricolour’ – Pup (anakan)

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