Epiphyllum - Red Tip Cactus
Epiphyllum - Red Tip Cactus
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Epiphyllum - Red Tip Cactus

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Epiphyllum makes excellent hanging basket plants with their jointed stems that grow 50 to 80 cm long. They are native to tropical Central and South America and span approximately 20 species. The pendant stems crown with spectacular flowers that last only a couple of days but produce from early winter through spring. They are a peculiar plant that flowers best when exposed to cool temperatures and shortened light periods.

An interesting bit of Epiphyllum information is that they grow edible fruit. The fruit is said to taste much like passion vine fruit and has a texture similar to kiwi, including the small black seeds.

PLANT CARE

Light: Prefers medium light conditions.

Water: Prefers more water during the warmer months, but won't appreciate sitting in wet conditions. Try to keep things lightly moist. Water as the top of the soil starts to dry out but there is still moisture at the root level. In winter, allow the soil to dry out a little more between watering.