Epiphyllum Phyllanthus var. hookeri-(Strictum)
This stunner has an approx 20cm nocturnal bloom all white with narrow petals in a wheel. This species has a very wide native habitat distribution. From Florida to the Caribbean all the way to Mexico and even South America
It is quite recognisable from most hybrid Epiphyllums in that its almost 100% flat with very obvious central vein down the middle of the mature stems. Epiphyllum Strictum is a very fast grower and looks gorgeous spilling over the sides of a large pot, great for foliage too. Roots easily.
I love the Epiphyllum’s!
They make wonderful plants for hanging baskets in the garden or on the patio.
Native to Central America and first described in the 1800’s, these plants have been hybridised with related species over the years to produce some jaw-dropping colours!
The original jungle orchid from which they came only flowered for one night, just like their relative hylocereous (Dragon fruit). However these hybrid now flower during the day and will last a few days.
Epiphyllum is Greek for "upon the leaf" as the flowers are produced directly from the leaves or rather, thick flattened stems.
Some epiphyllums produce ariel roots that cling to trees. Hylocereus species (Dragon fruit) also have this trait and since they are closely related, some interesting dragonfruit / epi hybrids have been created.
They are pretty easy and will tolerate neglect. I have often been surprised to see a gorgeous flower in spring from a plant I have ignored all year!
I have found they grow best in filtered light under a tree, shade cloth or on the patio. I keep some in my shade house and others are hanging under trees.
I have found the plants that get too much shade don't bloom, so they still need adequate light. They will not tolerate full sun or frost, so you must bring them inside over winter if you are in a cold zone.
How to grow your cutting:
No rush! When you receive your cutting you will need to wait a couple of weeks for the cut end to callous over. Just put in a cool dry place for two weeks.
It is important that you wait until the end is calloused and dry before you plant it, otherwise the cutting will rot once planted.
Epi’s love a crowd! Its a good idea to start with two or three cuttings in a 140mm pot or just one cutting in a 100mm pot. A degree of root binding encourages them to bloom.
Use a quality potting mix, ensure that the pot can drain well - wet feet will kill them. Lightly dampen the soil and plant them just deep enough so that the cutting can stand up on its own.
DON’T KILL THEM WITH WATER!
Just mist the stem for a few weeks when they are first planted don’t water the soil, don't begin to water the soil until you are sure the cutting is well rooted and you can see some new growth.
Let them dry out between waterings. Once established they usually get by on regular rain. Just keep an eye on them, they may need water once a week during our very hot weather.
I just use seasol and organic based plant food to keep them strong, they prefer the soil slightly acid so if your soil is tending alkali and little dilute vinegar or lemon juice will assist with the balancing to 6.2 - 7.0
Just keep an eye on them, we don't seem to have any problems, but snails will have a go at them and so will scales.
Eco-oil works well for scale but I have not had to use it yet :)
Plant supplied as Fresh Cutting Approx 20cm.