Epipyllum 'Melon Whip'- Beautiful, large flowers! Each row of petals is a different shade of pink. Inner petals are a med-light pink becoming progressively darker as you move toward the back. Back petals are a hot melon pink!
Epiphyllum species grow in trees in the forests of Central America and South America and prefer bright, filtered light and well drained, potting mix. They will grow in pots with stakes or supports but most do best in hanging baskets. One of the very best locations for Epis is hanging from the branches of a favorite garden tree in the summer. We Use a potting mix of equal parts of small orchid bark, perlite, leaf mold and charcoal. Different growers us different mixes. If you can't find leaf mold, you can use peat or coco fiber. Water sparingly when first transplanted. As the plant matures, they will enjoy more moisture, letting the soil dry just slightly and breathe between waterings. Epiphyllum will not tolerate full sun or freezing temperatures. Anything below 35 degrees runs the risk of brown spots and leaf damage. 40 degrees and above is ideal. They also aren't fond of extremely hot temps. (above 100 degrees F.). Although, we have grown them in these summer temps in full shade with a lot of humidity (spraying the foliage in the morning) and they have done very well. Epis make great houseplants that can be grown outside in summer and moved inside for winter.
Feed Epiphyllum with a balanced fertilzer 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 from June to October. Give them a rest and keep them slightly drier from November to January then feed with a low nitrogen fert., 2-5-5 or similar from February to April to encourage better bloom.
Hardy to approx. 30-35 degrees F. (although, temps. this low will damage them)
USDA zones 10a-13b
Pot size: 4 inch
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