- Author: Cindy Yee
My parents were avid gardeners, and this was one of Mom and Dad's prized plants. They had an interesting garden arrangement: she gave all the directions, and he did all the work. Mom had a knack for plant selection and planning, and Dad had a green thumb. Their garden was gorgeous. For the last few years of their lives, however, I was too busy taking care of them, to tend their many plants. This epiphyllum sat neglected in a dark corner and barely watered for years. After they passed at very old ages, I wandered around the yard looking for survivors. This plant was rescued on its last legs. You can see in the pictures that it has seen some hard times.
The Epiphyllum looked so miserable, but I did recall its former beauty. Here it is in my backyard. Repotted with good succulent soil, the orchid cactus rewarded me with the most glorious pink blooms. The blooms typically don't last long, but here is a brilliant image. It was a Party in a Pot! I like to think my parents would be pleased.
Because the plant was very straggly, the second picture shows cuttings I took about 6 weeks ago. The last pic shows 2 tiny roots on one cutting. Being a garden newbie, I have had countless (lol (laugh out loud), what's another word for failures?)… learning experiences. So this propagation success is cause for celebration. Cheers!