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This is a discussion on alien pod plant within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; this is my alien pod plant, also called epiphyllum hybrid Show Boat. it is a ...

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    this is my alien pod plant, also called epiphyllum hybrid Show Boat. it is a jungle epiphyte cactus hybrid. night blooming, the flowers last for about 3 days. blooms in mid to late spring. 4 year old plant growing in a 10 inch plastic pot. bright light to dappled sun. Name:  MVC-026S.JPG
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    Coeruleo, I will have to give you 10/10 for that one! Its a good thing you live on the other side of the world otherwise you would need an armed guard or a big savage dog.

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    For 30 seconds there I was convinced that that was a fake flower, That is gorgeous! Cacti in these parts that I've see don't get so glamorous.

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    How beautiful.

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    really nice red. I've only seen the white colour which is common around my place.

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    I love these guys, and yours is particularly lovely...congrats!

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    most of the wild types have white flowers. they have crossed them with relatives with small but colorful flowers and now come in thousands of varieties here by mail order. although the colored hybrids are called 'day bloomers' they normally open at night, but stay open for 3 days, instead of how the white ones close up and die at dawn the next morning. also most of the colored ones have very little scent at all. i have a white one that i don't know what species it is, and i have recently planted 2 more cuttings of white ones, that should have really nice scent. these are so easy to grow. the cuttings you just cut a piece, let it dry for a couple days, then stick it in damp soil. 3 years later, magic flowers. as long as they don't stay too wet, almost foolproof.

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    So they take 3 years to bloom? That would explain why mine haven't bloomed yet. Aha! lol I was wondering what I was doing wrong...one more year and mine should start getting flowers then. Cool...good to know.

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    most of the wild types have white flowers. they have crossed them with relatives with small but colorful flowers and now come in thousands of varieties here by mail order. although the colored hybrids are called 'day bloomers' they normally open at night, but stay open for 3 days, instead of how the white ones close up and die at dawn the next morning. also most of the colored ones have very little scent at all. i have a white one that i don't know what species it is, and i have recently planted 2 more cuttings of white ones, that should have really nice scent. these are so easy to grow. the cuttings you just cut a piece, let it dry for a couple days, then stick it in damp soil. 3 years later, magic flowers. as long as they don't stay too wet, almost foolproof.

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    yeah, they don't ever bloom on new growth, only last year's and older growth. another trick is to keep their roots crowded - they like to be in pots that seem otherwise too small. they will grow and fill the pot before they flower.

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    with 3 flowers. i woke up that night and the 'slight fragrance' was amazing. it had filled the living room with a delicate floral scent.

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