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Had This Cactus For 10 Years & Just Now Bloomed! What Is It?

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I was given a cutting over 10 years ago. I don’t know what it is, so its never been fed, it just gets water, in a clay pot. I have another in another room in a plastic pot, different window direction. The plant’s been moved around till I thought it liked a spot.they have grown. the one in a south/west window has surprised me with a flower; today it opened!!! It’s very large. There’s another blossom on same stock. How long will it last? What is the plant’s name? Need info; lots of info. It’s soooo beautiful!!!!! help!!! – Tina

Red Orchid Cactus Red Orchid Cactus

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

I believe it is a type of Epiphyllum or Nopalxochia.
Possibly a Epiphyllum ackermannii or Nopalxocia ackermanii, sometimes know as the red orchid cactus.

Not sure how long the bloom will last.  Typically they last for 3 or 7 days.

They do not like temperatures above 100 degrees. The blooming cycle usually occurs between late winter and early summer. They grow best in a cactus mix potting soil in bright filtered light with moderate humidity.

During the growing season, apply a diluted water soluble fertilizer once a month.  Keep it well watered except in the dormant season when it needs to be kept on the dry side.  Growing season is some between late winter and the beginning of fall.  Watch for mealy bugs especially in the spring.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.


  1. I have one of these plants for years and just two years ago it blossomed. This winter it was doing fine and very green but this spring it has gone bad. I don’t know what to do for it. I have set it outside now in hopes that it will come back but it looks like something has attacked it and is killing it. The stocks are wrinkly looking and there seems to be some rust looking stuff on them. Also on some of the stocks it looks like little round blotches like maybe a bug of some kind …I sure hope you can help me . I would send a pic to show you the problem but don’t know how to do from here. Thank you so much….

  2. Hazel,

    You might have a fungal issue. Please send me a picture to jadams@flowershopnetwork.com

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