Properly Marking your Cuttings:
Many hybrid epiphyllums develop a waxy coating on the surface of the stems. The wax can become a problem if you are making and labeling a lot of cuttings as it can build up on the tip of your permanent marker as you mark the cuttings. This can be removed from the marker with a paper towel and a solvent.
It is important to keep track of what hybrid varieties or species plants your cuttings came from, you will want to properly label them. This is true whether you are making cuttings for sale for your friendly neighborhood epiphyllum society, for trade with fellow epiphyllum growers or if you are starting a new plant for yourself. Remember, new cuttings cannot be potted up for at least ten days to two weeks while the cut surfaces heal over. This is plenty of time for you to forget where they came from. Even if you don’t care what varieties you are growing, some day you will probably trade cuttings with someone who does care. So, label those cuttings!
Labels should be made using a black, fine-tipped permanent marker. The label should include the name of the hybrid, exactly as it appears in the Epiphyllum Society of America’s Directory of Species and Hybrids. In the example pictured above, the hybrid name is ‘Padre’. The color of the flower is abbreviated ‘Pk,’ for pink.
The cutting would show Padre PK - L
The most common colors used to identify flowers are abbreviated as follows:
O for Orange / PK for Pink / Pur for Purple / R for Red / W for White / Y for Yellow / Pur for Purple / R for Red
Hybrids with two main colors should be labeled with the predominant color first, for example where white was the predominant with yellow as a secondary color would be labeled W/Y.
Hybrids with three or more colors listed are normally labeled with the predominant color then "multi" which indicates it has more than two significant colors example is red-multi.
Flower sizes abbreviations:
XS (Extra Small; under 2") / S (Small; 2"to 5") / M (Medium; 5" to 7") / L (Large; 7" to 9") / XL (Extra Large; 10" or larger).
The flower color and size information comes from the ESA’s Directory.
For a printable version of this page go to "Members Only" area under "Epiphyllum Care".