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Epiphyllum John Bleck Hybrids - Bleck's Epi Hybrids

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Cactaceae (Cactus)
Origin: Central America (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Mixed
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Epi hybrid]
Parentage: (E. Giant Empress (Dentsche Kaiserin) x Fluid Gold)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Epiphyllum "Bleck Hybrids" (Bleck's Hybrid Orchid Cactus) Epiphytic cacti that form a clumps of foliage to 3 to 4 feet across with 2 to 3 foot long broad flat green thorn less stems with lobed edges that act and look a lot like leaves. These leaves radiate outward and in the spring bear flowers in a range of colors from very dark salmon pink through pale yellow and cream these are day blooming varieties that grow best in bright shade planted in a basket or pot in a well-drained rich soil mix. These plants are pretty tough but perform best when watered weekly and fertilized occasionally in spring and summer months. These plants are all seedlings that resulted in the cross down in 2016 by noted aloe breeder John Bleck between the beautiful starry Epiphyllum x 'Fluid Gold', which itself really is a bigeneric hybrid (sometimes called an Epicactus) that was created by Fred Boutin and the showy Epiphyllum 'Giant Empress', also known as Dentsche Kaiserin, which translates as "German Impress (some maintain these are distinct plants). Epiphyllum 'Giant Empress' has showy light pink flowers that are almost tubular at their base, which is called funnelform. Mr. Bleck's intention in breeding these two plants was to introduce the fragrance of 'Fluid Gold', which has a fragrant Dysocactus in its parentage, into darker colored hybrids. While the range of colors achieved was incredible, with some a very dark salmon color, as yet only the yellow flowering plants have an attractive fragrance. Though this plant is really is a complex hybrid made up from other genera, the name usually associated with them is Epiphyllum, which is a valid name for some epiphytic cactus. The name for the genus Epiphyllum comes from the Greek words 'epi' meaning "top" and 'phylon' meaning leaf in reference to the flowers arising from the leaf-like flattened stems.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Epiphyllum "Bleck Hybrids".