Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Schlumbergera opuntioides update
So here I have a little update for my cacti friends on the British Cactus Succulent Society Forum . http://forum.bcss.org.uk/ and lovers and geeks of cacti , wherever you might be in the world . I know you're out there !
Shlumbergera Opuntioides in flower still since last November .
About three years old now , a cutting that a very kind and generous gentleman gave to me from the BSCC Forum .
It seems to be just opening one or three flower buds at a time , every now and then , unlike the usual Schlumbereras and Ripsalis ( Christmas and Easter Cactus ) which have a mass flourish of blooms and then rest till the following year . This one is quite a rare thing, a kind of half Schlumbergera , half Opuntia .
It comes from a small location up in the coastal mountains of South West Brazil . Epiphytic , it grows on tree branches and rocks .
I love it's re-flexed petals like pink coiled satin ribbons .
The tips of the leaf pads are often tinged with purple .
Some people find this very hard to grow , reporting that it falls to pieces very easily , mine is on a North facing windowsill .
Let me know if you want a piece , should the worst happen and I have cuttings to spare . .... but it seems quite happy at the moment .
O.K Fellow Geeks ...Over and out ! : )