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Rita's Epiphyllum

31 May 2010 10:34:53
Rita's Epiphyllum

Rita's Epiphyllum

Two days ago, when I was watering my orchids, I noticed that the 3rd Epiphyllum leaf piece, that Rita gave me last summer in Belvedere, has started to grow.

Rita gave me one leaf, to make a cutting from, and told me to be very careful about which way up to plant it. I took the leaf home and cut it in 4 and planted all 4 pieces. Two started growing that autumn, one is not yet growing and this one has just started.

But the really funny thing is that it looks like I planted this leaf segment upside down as the shoot is emerging from below soil lever, rather than from the top as with the other successful pieces.

I laughed first at being such a wally, after Rita's careful instructions, but then I noticed something. The piece which is now growing 'upside down' is a leaf tip. I can tell from the way the leaf tapers into the soil (see front of photo). The first one to sprout was also a leaf tip and that was obviously the right way up (behind in photo). As each leaf has two tips, that means I did plant the cuttings the right way up!

It would seem, therefore, that the 'right way up' changes half way up an Epiphyllum leaf and half the leaf should be planted one way, the other half the other way, always with the leaf tip up! I think...

But one thing is sure - Rita is somewhere having a good old laugh at me now : )


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Myrtle Myrtle 31 May 2010 10:37:33

Sounds very complicated! but yes, Rita would have enjoyed that!


Rachel Rachel 31 May 2010 10:42:29

Myrtle, sorry to say your little cactus cutting gave up the ghost yesterday. It had formed some small roots but rotted off at the neck. Some plants are really slow from cuttings...


Myrtle Myrtle 31 May 2010 10:48:29

Was that the one I hada photo when it was in flower? Silly Myrtle its the only one I have! :) Mine is in flower again now. If you want to try again you only have to ask.


Lìga Lìga 31 May 2010 12:19:54

I like them,but ..no room ,and i think i never get to flowers it.


Periwinkle Periwinkle 31 May 2010 14:45:10

What a lovely reminder of Rita!


Rachel Rachel 31 May 2010 15:02:53

Thanks, Myrtle, but I think I have enough long term slow growing seeds and cuttings to be busy with. You have the knack with that cactus though. I've never gotten one to flower.


fran m fran m 31 May 2010 21:02:45

Rachel, Rita would be laughing with you.


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