Epi Care Basics

Provide your epiphyllums with filtered light, good drainage, balanced watering so that they are not wet but do not dry out. It is as simple as that.

Epiphyllum are Epiphytic cacti. As an epiphytic cacti they grow on other plants, not as a parasitic but using the plant as a host. Epiphyllums are also not cold hardy (below 35ºF.) but they can take a cold snap if it does not last more than a few hours. In colder climates they are normally found only as houseplants or in greenhouses. It is not recommended that you try to make an epiphyllum a house plant unless you are in a cold climate as normally there is not enough light inside a house.

Watering epiphyllums is basically a balancing act. They should not be allowed to dry out, yet over watering is the number one cause of plant death.

A great source of information on growing epiphyllums is the pre-meeting workshops which are tailored to provide seasonal information based on what your plants requires. Pre-meeting workshops are held at 7:00pm just prior to the general meeting. General meetings are at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month (except for December when the installation banquet is held) and members and non-members are welcome at the workshops and the general meetings.



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