Compost for Epiphyllums

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Jackie
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Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by Jackie » Wed May 23, 2018 11:05 pm

This is my first post as a new member. I have grown various cacti for many years and have a collection of Epiphyllums. I am interested to know what growing medium others use in these times of variable composts.
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by Diane » Thu May 24, 2018 11:27 am

Welcome to the forum, Jackie. Your post about compost is in the wrong section of the forum, (Photography, computers and other tech) so I will report it, and hopefully one of the mods can place it in a more appropriate section for you, where it will attract more attention and advice.
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by Christer Johansson » Thu May 24, 2018 3:22 pm

Jackie wrote:This is my first post as a new member. I have grown various cacti for many years and have a collection of Epiphyllums. I am interested to know what growing medium others use in these times of variable composts.
I use sphagnum around the roots and a mix of pine bark and cat litter for my Ephiphyllums. But I grow mine in a high humidity glass cabinet under artificial light :geek:

I have just started my collection, so things may change :roll:
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by ralphrmartin » Thu May 24, 2018 8:00 pm

I grow mine in just the same compost as my other plants, and am being rewarded right now with a good show of flowers (Epiphyllums, and others). My compost is
1/3 Ericaceous John Innes
1/3 Coir
1/3 Granite grit
and water every watering with 1/2 strength Ericaceous Miracle Grow.
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by Debbie » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:05 am

Hi Jackie , I mostly use multi-purpose compost . I have quite a lot of them including a couple that were my Grandmothers......I have no idea where she acquired what must have been an unusual plant to have back in her day .....there were no garden centres back then ....she used plain old garden earth . As for feeding the plants ..hmm....she kept chickens and rabbits so I expect the earth around her compost heap was good ...but yes she would have used garden earth . I have pictures of her with her Epies in full bloom .
My Epies flower best in my unheated greenhouse and I have a shade net over them so that they dont get sun scorched . Indoors they grow very lush but tend not to flower .
I think most of mine (in my greenhouse that is ) have now finished flowering and my next job is to tidy them up , prune and take cuttings .
The flowers are absolutely breathtaking ! I adore Epiphyllums ! :grin: Debbie
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by ralphrmartin » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:37 pm

Reminds me of my grandma, who had a huge xmas cactus. When she repotted it, she put a well matured cowpat in the bottom of the pot...
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Re: Compost for Epiphyllums

Post by Debbie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:33 pm

ralphrmartin wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:37 pm
Reminds me of my grandma, who had a huge xmas cactus. When she repotted it, she put a well matured cowpat in the bottom of the pot...
Lol ! Love this ! :lol: Debbie :grin:
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