It never had bloomed before and now that the blossoms are finished, do I trim off that blossom and stem? It lives inside year round- in a very sunny spot.
Congratulations! Not easy to get them to bloom indoors. Yes, after the bloom is spent, you can cut it and the stem off. Here's an article that might contain some new information for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/fishbone-cactus/orchid-cactus-care.htm
The leaves of my orchid cactus turn deep pink and sometimes lose their flesh, leaving a lacy skeleton.
Watering is a balancing act with Orchid Cactus.
Here is a link so you can familiarize yourself with the requirements.
I have the plant in the picture for the neem oil insecticide. I have been trying figure out what it is for years. Please let me know.
This is a Fishbone Cactus.
Here is a link with information on this plant.
Can I keep my orchid catus outside in the shade in a hot climate. 120 day time temps. Its leaves seems to be getting thinner
Rancho Mirage full sun will cook it but in the shade ok.
How long does flowering take if started from a cutting? I'm considering a Strictum aka Hookeri variety.
That will depend on how old the mother plant was. It can take up to 5 years from seed, but may flower within 1 or 2 as a cutting. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/epiphyllum/epiphyllum-plant-care.htm
please give me details on growing orchid cactus.
This article will give you more information on the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/epiphyllum/epiphyllum-plant-care.htm
Received plants last year. Orchid Cactus has not bloomed but going crazy with growth. Desert Rose has remain the same also.
There are a few reasons that come to mind, but without some photos I am just taking guesses. If you can include photos then I will be able to help a little better.
Most of the time this is due to a lack of light. It can also happen because of over/under watering, or over/under fertilization!
Too much nitrogen, or too heavy of a soil can cause the lack of flowers, as can a lack of phosphorus and potassium in the soil.
For now, I will include two links that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/desert-rose/desert-rose-not-blooming.htm