Bug_cemetery wrote: ↑Sun Jul 03, 2022 12:35 pm
Gorgeous orchid cactus! I’ve only got one that I got as a cutting from a friend. It’s rather large and unruly now. I know that’s kinda normal for these. Any tips to make them look nice? Do they look better with specific light or substrate? It’s only flowered once but it was stunning- would love to figure out how to make it happy.
I pot them in half regular potting soil, half perlite. Terracotta pots. Water only when dry, tap works here.
I regularly chop them so they don’t become too unruly (like my massive dragon fruit plant that just snapped in half… it was maybe six+ feet long). They don’t like direct sunlight, a little shade is nice, and they need a clearly defined cooler winter to bloom in which they get less water and light as well. Don’t completely neglect them though.
Flooding them with fertilizer during the growing season also helps, especially flower encouraging fertilizer starting in early spring. They then bloom like clockwork from May-June for the most part (some species have it different, but all the hybrids seem to follow this pattern. I have a sample size of around 30).
From cuttings, it tends to take 2-4 years to bloom depending on how much you fertilize it.
Good luck, and contact me if you want any more advice or plants! I’ll try to be helpful but I am by no means an expert.
Burning in Arizona with 100+ plants.