Posted: 10/12/2013 at 16:46
Thank you both. I have no idea why it has decided to flower now. I think it is about ten years since I took the cutting. Fotofit what tricks did you use to get it to flower? Alina W recomended a coldish spel in winter.
Hi Swedeboy, My late MIL gave me a selection of these plants many yrs back. I've found that they eventually flower when a wee bit pot bound, so 10yrs isnt so bad, depending on when you last repotted it.
Mine live in an unheated NW part glazed porch for the autumn/winter/spring months. End of May, am in NW, they go outside into an open, but sheltered coldframe. They will cope with being next to a sheltered wall outside, but IME slugs like them, so I now use the coldframe when it's empty.
I reduce the watering over the colder months, but come spring usually see the flower buds developing. When I remember, , I do give them a bit of feed then. I use a gritty cactii type compost, but have also used any old MP, plus grit, which appears to be fine too. Better in terracotta pots too as they can be accidently overwatered in a plastic pot, then they rot off-oops.
1 of my plants is E.Cooperi, that has scented flowers that open at night. I understand that it's pollinated by moths which explains it. IME the smell isnt too good in a lounge!
Denzil3054 wrote (see)
I know this ended some time ago but I have a similar problem. Have I got epiphyllum or is it a Christmas Cactus. My money is it being the first but I don't know. HELP!
Yes a Christmas cactus, which isnt actually a cactus... They need feeding & not moving about when their buds are there, otherwise they fall off.
In the summer months they like to be outside in a sheltered, part shade spot bringing them back in say mid/late September in my case. This spell outside hardens them up & helps promote the flowering. J.