April 2011


A very easy Epiphyllum to grow and flower. It flowers profusely and always in the spring. It can produces flowers after two years from cuttings taken after flowering which is quick for an Epiphyllium; it usually takes 3 or 4 years. Cuttings taken in the winter will flower in the following spring because the flower bud is already formed before you take the cutting.
Deutsche Kaiserin is also known as Giant Empress.

 

Epiphyllium Deutsche Kaiserin

Epiphyllium Deutsche Kaiserin

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This species orignates from New Guinea and is allied to H. macgillivrayi and H. onychoides. It is found below 600 meters in the top of trees in the rain forest. It is a rampant grower that can and will produce meters of growth. The large flowers appear all the year round and are a wonderful sight with bunches of up to 20 flowers at a time. The flowers are usually red and among the largest in the genus. In the winter, when the plant is kept at a temperature around 20 degrees C., the flowers are red. In the summer, when the temperatures can reach 40 degrees C., the same clone in the greenhouse will produce white flowers.
Since I like the plant very much, I have adapoted the flower as my logo and you will find it on my website, my blog, my twitter and my business card.

 

Hoya archboldiana

Hoya archboldiana

 

Hoya archboldiana

Hoya archboldiana

This is one of the new hybrids from Germany by Helmut Petzold. It is a very free-flowering plant and is highly scented. It is one of the early-flowering types and starts to flower in March going through to May, depending on the temperature. The lower the temperature, the longer the flowers stay open and on the plant.
The colour can vary according to the temperature, varying from pink to fawn. The cooler the conditions, the darker the colour.
The buds are formed in the winter, so if you take cuttings in very early spring (Jan.-Feb.) it is possible to have them in flower the same year (May-June), but if you take cuttings too early or too late, you won’t get any flowers that season.

 

Epiphyllium Pitti Paetz

Epiphyllium Pitti Paetz