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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCulture and Germination - Disocactus phyllanthoides

epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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Disocactus

Flower
Family Cactaceae
Name Disocactus phyllanthoides
Common Name Pond lily cactus

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This species of epiphytic cactus produces beautiful pink flowers in late Spring, reminiscent of Epiphyllum. Cultivated since prehistorical times in South America, its Aztec name is Nopalxochitl.

Culture

This is an easy to grow jungle cactus. Use ordinary potting mix, making sure the pot has sufficient drainage holes. Water and feed well in the summer, but for the first winter, dry out between waterings. For subsequent winters, dry the plant out, giving it only sufficient water to just stop it from shrivelling. The dry winter rest encourages flower buds to develop. Commence watering in the spring, when the flower buds start to appear.

When growing from a cutting, leave it in a cool dry spot for one week, then plant it into a small pot (using ordinary potting mix), water and leave for 10 days. Then continue watering and don't let the potting mix dry out. Initially, the cutting may wilt a little, but should perk up when it rows roots.


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