Description: a group of hybrids obtained by crossing Epiphyllum, Echinopsis, Nopalxochia, Hylocereus, Heliocereus, all having flat, leaf-like stems. During the spring, sometimes in other periods of the year, they produce some of the most spectacular flowers among cacti. The adventitious roots on the stems enable the plant to absorb moisture from the air.
Soil: fertile mix.
Location: they prefer partial shade; do not place in full sun. They will do best if grown outdoors in a well ventilated site during the warm months.
Temperature: minimum temperature of 10°C (50°F).
Water: do not let the soil become bone dry, especially during the growing period; keep moderately moist in the wintertime.
Cultivation tips: propagate from cuttings in the spring or summer. Apply fertilizer every 15 days (20,20,20 ratio plus microelements). These plants enjoy a warm and humid environment all year round, so they should be frequently sprayed with water at room temperature; they resent being transplanted.
Main species of Epicactus: hybrids flowering in a wide range of colours.
Epicactus "Ackermannii"; Epicactus "Alba superbus"; Epicactus "Ballyshavel";
Epicactus "Chauncey"; Epicactus "Dreamland"; Epicactus "Marseillaise".