Has anyone ever bought a "rooted" plant off eBay? Is this a good practice
or not? I see dozens of ads for Orchid cactus' and I would love to get one
Giselle (what say you? Will it work or not?)
Once you've gotten the knack of starting orchid cacti from a fresh
cutting, it will seem like the easiest thing on earth to do. But seems to
me just about everyone starting out lacks that knack & their leaves either
dry out, or rot, without adequately rooting. Because it's easy if you've
done it before, but iffy if you've not, I wouldn't pay much for a leaf, as
it might not take. Otherwise, yes, it's a good way to go -- though usually
such starts can be had for free if you've any friend or family member with
an orchid cactus or two.
If you do a google search using search terms like "epiphyllum + sale +
trade" you will find many devoted fans of these plants who have orchid
cacti websites. Everyone deeply into it trades leaves to get other
varieties, but if you have nothing to trade, the same people will often
sell a leaf, sometimes even one that is already well rooted, charging
hardly any more than postage cost. There are also some e-lists you can
sign up for from people discussing orchid cacti, & people on these lists
also trade or sell cuttings cheaply.
They grow pretty fast whether you start them from leaves or buy a small
potted start from a houseplant specialist or a cacti & succulent
speciaolist or indoor sunshop. Just about any variety you stumble upon
will bloom easily, except a type called zigzag cactus, it almost never
blooms, but has way interesting leaves.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
without knowing the name. My plant grows a lot like my orchid cactus and the
bloom looks similar, but the cross-section of the leaf is flat rather than
triangular. When new, the leaves look like the edges were cut with pinking
shears, and the shape becomes more extreme as the leaf matures. Take a look
I would like to know the proper name for it and any other information you
Thanks. It looks like that's what I've got. The picture matches, and so does
everything in the description except the part about the flowers only lasting
a day. The night-blooming part explains why the flowers never seemed to
look fully open.
I have fallen in love with the orchid cactus'. I was looking through the
pages of them on eBay and everytime I thought I found the most beautiful one
ever, the next one was even better. Oh, boy, I wish I still had my little
Giselle (looking for groups to join now)
I'm going to try it as soon as I decide what kind I want.
I never think about it but a Hoya is my companion plant in the pot with my
Xmas Cactus. Both of them from cuttings my grandfather gave me back in the
Giselle (still crying about losing my Jade tree but only because of its age,
not its rarity :)
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