Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Epiphyte in bloom!

Look what's blooming!

This beautiful plant is called Hatiora salicornioides. It is a succulent and a epiphyte. Epiphytes are plants that live in treetops. Examples of them are: epiphytic ferns, cacti, bromeliads, orchids, mosses, lichens, ant plants, lycopodiums, ficus, or anything else that grows in trees! I am doing this post for a couple of reasons. First I love this plant and it is in full bloom now and second I really enjoy the blog The Rainforest Garden. He talks about awesome stuff that is really helpful to any gardner. He has a contest right now called Epiphyte day! I hope to win some cuttings from him. So wish me some luck! What's funny is that I was about to do a post on it anyway!


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This is the entire plant. The front has a few different kinds of echeveria's. I usually put this pot outside in a corner by the sliding glass door. This plant faces the wall and it seems to be perfect for it. So the only time I get to enjoy it is in the winter.


Yellow stars

Look at all the pretty blooms. Looks like yellow stars!


Rhipsalis bloom

I took this shot last year I think! Just a single bloom. Didn't know I had aphids till I saw this on the computer! So funny! Everybody have a great week!

15 comments:

Evelyn said...

Nice yellow bloom but aphids - ugh!

A few pics are missing - or is it my computer?

Evelyn said...

Aaah sorry, it is my computer. I am experiencing a very very slowwwww internet connection...

donna said...

What pretty blooms and so funny about the aphids showing up on the photo. Seeing yellow blooms on any plant makes me think of spring and daffodils.

donna

Julie said...

Oh gosh...when your blog opened and I saw this, I was going to send you directly to The Rainforest Garden, but I see you are already affiliated with him! Isn't Steve the greatest??? I love his blog also! This is a magnificent plant to be showing for his contest!!! Even the little aphids are cute!!! Love the yellow "stars"!!!

Rainforest Gardener said...

I added it to my blog! :) I actually have this one too, but it hasn't bloomed yet. No aphids yet either luckily!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much everyone! Yes I love Steve's blog too Julie it is awesome. And Evelyn I am glad you could see the pictures. I know Donna those must be ity bity aphids cause this bloom is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. And Yeah Steve I will look!

Diane AZ said...

Hi, it is so lovely to see all those yellow blossoms indoors. The whole plant is pretty the way it cascades down. Have a great weekend!

Joyful said...

It is a beautiful plant for sure. I've never seen (or heard of) one before.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much! Have a great weekend!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Now this is really interesting to me. I own several of these plants, and I had NO IDEA they were epipytes! They seem to be doing OK in soil, though. Should I do anything different? They are very tough, I do know that.

Matt and Bobbie said...

wow! I love your blog! I actually just put a post up on my blog about my epiphyte (very simmilar to your's) just starting to bloom! So pretty!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you Sara so much! Mine is in soil too! So keep it where it is and it will keep doing fine!

Thanks Matt and Bobby! I will check out your post and see your epiphyte!

Matt and Bobbie said...

Candy,
Just wanted to know how old this epiphyte is. Mine seems very slow-growing and am curious how long it will stay small. Thanks, again, I love your blog!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I looked back at my photos from year to year Matt and Bobby. I probably planted that plant in that pot with echeveria in 2007. My picture of 2008 shows this plant has not quite reached the bottom of the pot. But it had quite a bunch on top. I think this spring I may have to transplant it to a bigger pot by itself! Maybe it will really take over! Thanks so much you guys!

InspireBohemia@gmail.com said...

AWESOME plant!