Sunday, 2 March 2014

Schumbergera opuntioides

Today I just want to say thankyou to my kind friends from the British Cactus + Succulent Society Cactus World - Online  , who have generously sent me a huge cutting and some seeds from their own plants of Schlumbergera opuntioides .
 I came across this peculiar plant whilst looking up the Epiphyllums which I love and Schlumbergera especially as I have one now in flower.
  This is unusual in that to look at , you would think it is an Opuntia ...with its typical prickly pear pads ...and yet  it has the flowers typical of a Schlumbergera .
 Schumbergeras are from a group of plants which are epiphytic ..they live up in the nooks and cradles of mossy branches of trees ,hanging down ,n,scrabbling about , getting their nutrients and moisture from the air. ....and yet...this like to be epilithic on rocks, scrabbling about . Opuntias generally like as much sun as they can get ...this prefers abit more shade , like the Schlumbergeras do .
 It comes from within quite a small area in Brazil and is on the endangered species list .
  I have used Levingtons cactus compost with some Perlite mixed in for drainage . I have laid the cutting slighly on its side with very little of the bottom of it actually buried in the soil .....this way gives it the chance to put out roots from the first joint , a well as the bottom of the cutting is supported with a few crushed brick pieces .I will make some more of this when I can since it looks so attractive and displays  or sets off the plant so well.
 Finally to add to the landscape....a nice chunk of Jurassic ammonite remind me that it is epilithic ...and a label .

                                A little pest control friend has already moved in !

The seeds !  Thankyou for such a generous lot of seeds . I will give these a good try !
I need to get a few more bits and bobs from Trevena Cross nursery Breage , such as Cheshunt Compound.....which I have never used before and sounds scary ( and probably expensive )  I will do these in a single pot with plastic bag method later on . For now I have taken three of these teeny seeds and am trying here the germinating them on the damp paper towel method ..not sure this will work ...I will let you know how I get on ! : )

1 comment:

  1. I used to grow cactus when I was younger and loved the names of them particularly Opuntia. Now, I'm not so keen on them, though yours will be very interesting.
    You're not that far away from me!