How Do You Get An Epiphytic Orchid Cactus To Bloom?
Epiphytic orchid cacti, or epiphyllums, are not real orchids but rather members of the cactus family (Cactaceae) that are native to Central and South American rain forests. Like orchids, they produce stunning flowers and live on the surface of other plants. The orchid cactus is a good houseplant in all parts of the United States and it enjoys being outdoors in the warmer months. If you grow one in a pot, you can keep it indoors in the winter and outdoors in the spring and summer—it will reward you with beautiful large flowers from April to July if you follow a few simple steps. Maintain a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, but never below 46 degrees. Higher winter temperatures will prevent these plants from blooming in the spring. In the summer, orchid cacti can tolerate temperatures up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide high humidity (between 50 and 80 percent) and filtered sunlight for your orchid cactus. Place your potted epiphyllum on a saucer filled with pe