Aporophyllum Growing Page
Aporophyllums take similar growing care as Epis with only a few exceptions noted below.
Above is A.CV 'EDNA BELLAMY' in a hanging basket, about 4 yrs old from cuttings.
1) LIGHT- Aporophyllums like brighter light. Many like even full sunlight for a few hours each day.
2) SOIL MIX- The soil mix that should be used is similar to Epis, but it should be lighter and have a small percentage of sand or more perlite. A lighter soil mix will ensure better drainage.
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3) HANGING BASKETS- Almost all have stems that bend easily (pendulous) so hanging baskets are best, giving the growth space to grow downwards.
4) PESTS- Aporophyllums due to there spiny growth have few pests but occassionally Scale and Spider mites can attack them but not often. See the 'Jungle Cacti Pest Page' for a complete list even rare pests of Aporophyllums.
APOROPHYLLUM GROWING CULTURE
Aporophyllums are crosses of Epis X Aporo or (rattail cactus). Depending how much Epi parentage or Aporo cactus parentage a particular hybrid has it may like more shade-same as Epis or Sun like Aporos. One way to tell and good visible sign of how much light, besides experimentation, is by the number of spines on the stems. A lot of spines on stems it likes more sun, less spines on the stems more shade. Since Epis are flat stems mostly, except a few triangular ones and Aporos mostly rope like, the stems can be a combination of both. Some Aporophyllums will be rope like, others 3 sided, 4 sided, and 6 sided with many ribs. Almost all Aporophyllums has some spines, but there usually very fine and hair like. The blooms on Aporophyllums are small on most-ranging 1” to 2” diameter, a few a little larger 2” to 4” and very few are larger than that. Although there blooms maybe smaller on average than most Epi hybrids. The number of blooms are not, most are profuse bloomers and can have large vivid displays in bloom! With 10-12 plants of the same variety in one hanging basket, you can easily have 100+ blooms.
Aporophyllum CV 'Angela Paetz' pictured blooming above.
Aporophyllum fact- The term or word APOROPHYLLUM was coined by Harry Johnson the 'Paramount hybrids'.Many are Aporocactus crossed with Epiphyllum, but not all so due to Harry in America we tend to use that term to describe these classes of hybrid plants, but as they can be crossed with many types of Cactus Epiphytes, most in other parts such as Europeans will tend to call them EPI CACTUS or EPI CACTI.
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