The orchid cactus has got to be one of the most outrageous teases in the garden.
Its beauty is so painfully fleeting, fading only a day or two later. You gotta ask, why bother?
My epiphyllums are blooming. This is when I love these plants. The flowers are enormous, colorful extravaganzas that make you want to holler. Then the love affair fades as soon as the flowers do, in a day or two, and I’m left with a gangly, large cactus for the next 363 days of the year.
Yet grow these I do, because they take so little effort, for the big annual reward. Natives of Mexico, Central and South America where they grow as epiphytes–on trees. In the Bay Area, that means they like partial shade, very good draining soil and a splash of water weekly.
Give one of these a go and plan a spontaneous party, or at least raise a cocktail or two when it flowers. Epiphyllums are frequently available at our plant sales.
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