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Growing Orchid Cactus (Peacock's Tail or Epiphylum) With Photos

Updated on July 10, 2018
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Linda's passion for gardening have encouraged her to write about growing different types of organic vegetables and flowers. I love veggies.

Orchid Cactus also known as Peacock's Tail or Epiphyllums

Orchid Cactus is easy to grow and care for as I have found out by trial and error. I had this plant for a few years now and this year is the best year ever since I had them. The two pots that I have, produced a lot of beautiful pink flowers which are so pretty to look at and enjoy.

I know I have to wait maybe two years for them to bloom but it is worth waiting for. The flowers will stay maybe two months or more. After one month of flowering the centre of the flower will open and reveal a stamen on the centre. It is so gorgeous to see each day. Once the plant is established, it flowers every 10 months of the year.

How to grow Orchid Cactus or Epiphyllums:

1. After the orchid cactus flowers had all gone, take leaf cuttings from the mother cactus.

2. Put them in a glass or vase with water and leave until roots appear at the cuttings.

3. Prepare a pot with compost (multipurpose or your own compost).

4.Plant about 4 or 5 leaves in each pot with compost.

5. Water and leave it on a shaded area for a week(no direct sunlight).

6. Check if soil is dry, water it but if not leave it.

7. This plant doesn't like too much water as it rots easily if you water it too much.

8. When plant is established and new leaves or shoots start to come out then place them in a part of your house where there is sunlight but not direct. I positioned my two pots on my kitchen top with some sunlight.

Orchid Cactus or Epiphyllums Photos

New Cactus flowers
New Cactus flowers | Source
New cactus flowers
New cactus flowers | Source
Orchid cactus flowers in clusters
Orchid cactus flowers in clusters | Source
Latest photo showing the stamen
Latest photo showing the stamen | Source
Five flowers in one leaf, amazing
Five flowers in one leaf, amazing | Source
Latest photo of orchid cactus
Latest photo of orchid cactus | Source
Pretty in Pink Orchid Cactus
Pretty in Pink Orchid Cactus | Source
Orchid cactus without flowers
Orchid cactus without flowers | Source
Newly transplanted Orchid Cactus
Newly transplanted Orchid Cactus | Source
Orchid cactus with roots  sprouting, time to put it in a pot with potting compost
Orchid cactus with roots sprouting, time to put it in a pot with potting compost | Source

How To Care For Orchid Cactus(Epiphyllums) before and after flowering


Once the roots have established you can see new leaves coming out of the leaves that you planted. If you like, you can split the four leaves you had planted in one pot to four separate pots as this leaves will become many or leave them as they are and plant at least two pots or more for spare.

For me, I like to have a few pots of them in case one of them dies then I have some more to replace them. It is better to have spare I find. Also I like giving them to friends who like flowers or plants like me.

After the Orchid plant finished flowering, this is the time to grow some more and take leaf cuttings. Put the cuttings in a glass with water or a vase with water and leave them in a shaded place until their roots start coming out from your cuttings. Then start planting them in pots with multipurpose compost.

This flower is so easy to grow. The flowers come in different colours as well. There is white, pink, peach, red and orange too. Sometimes their flowers look like orchids, I think that is why they call them Orchid cactus. They are not cactus as well because they got no thorns. Beautiful flower to have around the house.

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Believe it or not this flower is still alive until now. I have this flower maybe 17 years now and it still flowers every year. I really recommend it to anyone who loves flowers that is easy to look after like me. All it needs is water and some plant food every now and then.

Growing orchid cactus

Epiphyllum Lilly - Orchid Cactus Lilly - 10 seeds
Epiphyllum Lilly - Orchid Cactus Lilly - 10 seeds

These flowers are so lovely and easy to grow.

 

© 2013 Linda Bryen

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Precy, salamat sa pagdalaw mo. Yep it is easy to grow these flowers. I wish you luck kung magtanim ka. Matagal na ito pero buhay pa rin.

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      precy anza 

      5 months ago from USA

      Those are beautiful naman! :) Love the pink color as well. I remember we had this maybe 3 years ago or so. Para tuloy gusto ko uling i-try ganun lang pala magpatubo ng another plant from leaf cuttings. :)

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      Linda Bryen 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Pavi, This plant doesn't need much water. Only water it when the pot is dry. I water mine once a week at least. I put some in sunny places but not direct sunlight and I put some in a shaded place. Sometimes they don't flower straight away. It an take a while before they flower but once they start, they carry on having flowers every year. They are no trouble at all. Just keep watering them once a week. They don't like too much water.

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      pavl 

      2 years ago

      I have this plant and the leaves are just hanging out of the pot...What am I doing wrong? Too much water?

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't know how to answer this but you might have left the plant in the same pot for a few years. I think the epiphyllum plant or orchid cactus plant like to be re-potted every other year. The leaves of my plant remain green but I noticed one pot that I left for a while is not looking healthy so I re-potted it and it is gorgeous now.

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      Liz Goodman 

      3 years ago

      Why are the leaves on my epi turning pink?

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Now that is a good idea. Why did I not think of that. I might do that. Thank you, Writer Fox for the idea.

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      You should offer them on the Forum! There's lots of people in the UK on this site.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh! I am sorry Writer Fox to hear that they don't allow live plants to be sent to your country, otherwise I will really send you some. I got a lot now to give away.

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      That's so nice to offer, but live plants are not allowed to be imported into my country without special permission.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Writer Fox, thank you for your kind comments. I suppose I could send you some cuttings thru the post if you like some. They are flowering again and they are really gorgeous.

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      These are gorgeous and you are an inspiration to us all! I wish I lived near you to get one of your cuttings! Voted up and Pinned.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello! travmaj, thank you once again for your kind comment and for voting me up. I don't see this plant in the garden centre here. It must be rare.

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      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      What a stunning plant, what beautiful pictures -lovely hub, I will look out for the Orchid cactus - thank you for this. Voting

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      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your kind comment jemoon. I am not sure if they sell them in the garden centers.

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      jemoon 

      5 years ago

      Beautifully done, good information, now where can I get leaves or cuttings?

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