Plants have exceptionally long 'branches. 3 - 4 feet long. How do I clean them up and give them new life? I don't want to cut anything without professional guidance. Thank you.
My research showed you can prune them in June, after flowers fade. Remove dead or diseased branches first, cutting them back to their point of origin. Then cut back any stems that disrupt the natural balance. Cut them back to their parent stems. Continue until all sides are even.
Always disinfect your pruning shears between cuts with a 10 percent chlorine bleach solution. Reduce amount of water after pruning.
This is my first year to have epis bloom. How do I safely remove the spent blooms? Is there a way to preserve the blooms? thank you.
Here is information about epiphyllum cactus that should help:
It is a very straight "stick" and it has some root-like growths. Unfortunately I am not able to send you a picture, have tried but am not able to. May you know what it is? Your help will be appreciated. Thanks Alma
Unfortunately, without photos it will be hard to say what it is. It is either a flower shoot, or roots.
Here is an article that will help you with the care in the meantime:
Many of my plants are exhibiting similar discoloration. I dont know whether it is a fungus or something viral. I just dont want it to spread to my other plants. What can I do about it?
It looks bacterial or fungal, for sure. Make sure that it is in a soil that is mixed, specifically, for epiphytes. Otherwise, any thick soil will cause rot.
I would mix a small amount of compost with some orchid or cactus soil (either can work), and repot with it. I would make sure that your compost makes up no more than 1/4 of the entire mix. You can feed, later, but it will be more important that your soil is well draining.
I would, also, treat with a fungicide. Make sure to keep all heavily infected detritus out of the area, as it falls. Completely, dispose of it to stop the spread to healthy plant material. Here are some articles that will help:
I have a old very large Epiphyllum orchid cactus I bring in every winter Can I cut down size without damageing it its October now ready to bring in house its getting pencil like growth now
Yes, you can cut the stems to reduce size. Let them callous over for a few days then pot them up for new plants. Reduce watering after pruning a cactus.
I've never had 2 bloom months before! It's dropping in the 50s at night! Will it bloom if I bring it in?
It should. Is it an orchid cactus? Here is more information:
I rescued a neglected cactus from a secondhand shop. After nurturing it flowered well but the subsequent new growth looks unusual: very tall slender and stalky with spinelets like aerial roots. Is this usual?
This will indicate 3 things-
Humidity is too high, airflow is too low, and sunlight is too low.
Changing these three factors will improve the growth of the plant.
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