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Epiphytic cacti

Post by Vicky » Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:50 pm

Quick question to save me looking through too many books. Which of the epiphytic cacti flower during the summer?

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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Phil_SK » Fri Nov 17, 2006 6:23 pm

Don't most of them (apart from Schlumbergera and some Hatiora [Rhipsalidopsis])?



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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Vicky » Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:17 pm

Now I have a little more time, I shall explain why I'm asking. Since finishing my course at Kew Garden, I've taken on the role of trainee manager for a wholesale nursery in West Sussex. We grow a range of succulents for garden centres. We're currently looking to expand the range and epiphytic cacti have been suggested. There are numerous suppliers of Schlumbergera and therefore we're looking for something different that flowers late summer. I feel cheeky for asking a work related question but any suggestions would be extremely welcome.

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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Julie » Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:28 pm

That sounds like a good fun job, Vicky! I would not mind working in a garden centre but as I don't drive and they are all off the bus routes.. I'm limited to our local Focus.. I have not applied for a job there. :)

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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Phil_SK » Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:45 pm

Hmmm, late summer's a bit trickier - the bulk of the Epiphyllum hybrids (the most obvious choice) flower in June, give or take a few weeks. There might be an issue how big the plants need to be to flower; Schumbergeras are popular in the trade, I suspect, partly bacause small plants flower whereas with the xEpis cuttings don't tend to flower in the first few years. Being such ungainly plants once the cuttings begin to grow doesn't work in their favour.
Somebody sells a range if Rhipsalis, more for the growth pattern than the flowers. Don't imagine they sell many though.
Aporocactus baskets might be worth investigating.
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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Geoff Lovell » Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:45 pm

What nursery Vicky???

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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Phil Hocking » Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:14 pm

Hi Vicky

Some of my epiphytes don't know when to flower or even what colour to be. I have one that produced pure white flowers in late June (shown here) and is currently producing distinctly pink flowers in Mid November (see next posting)

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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Phil Hocking » Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:17 pm

This is my 'Easter cactus' flowering in November with a different colour
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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Phil_SK » Sat Nov 18, 2006 3:59 pm

I've read somewhere that yellow and white Schlumbergera hybrids need quite a bit of warmth to avoid turning pink. That would fit with your white summer bloom.
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Re: Epiphytic cacti

Post by Vicky » Sat Nov 18, 2006 5:51 pm

Binsted which is part of the Farplants group

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