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Let's see who has the most unusual plants in their gardens. Provide the genus, species, variety or cultivar (if one) a little about what is, and a picture if you have it. Everyone who has it in their garden is to comment as such and their view of it.

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My Plant's Weirder Than Yours! :D 7 Replies

Thought it would be fun to see what weirdness is out there in everyone's garden.  …Continue

Tags: unknown, plant, weird, kalanchoe, succulent

Started by Parisean. Last reply by Bonnie Hannum ~ Missouri, USA Nov 14, 2011.

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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 20, 2012 at 10:48am

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 20, 2012 at 10:48am

Here are a couple of quick pics of my grafted Euphorbia plant.  One also shows two non-contorted shoots that I cut off (one green, one variegated) and rooted in perlite.  They rooted quickly and are now nice little plants.  My main plant has grown quite a bit since I got it.  It's making a variegated-but-not-crested shoot which I'll have to cut off, air-dry, and then root. I still like the albino looking growth on yours more, Mary.   Happy gardening all! 






Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 20, 2012 at 8:38am

Ooooh, very, very nice, Mary!  Much more stunning than mine.  I love it.  I'll try to grab a quick pic of mine once the sun is fully up.  Yours is really nice. Thanks for sharing it--continued success with it!  Take care and happy gardening everyone, Grant

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 19, 2012 at 9:41pm

I understand about 'the trimmings'! Here's a pic of my euphorb.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 19, 2012 at 8:32am

Great update, Mary, continued success with your grafted plant.  We'll want pics and updates of course.

Mine made a couple of non-variegated, non-crested shoots so I cut them off, air-dried them for a week and then planted them in perlite and guess what?  Yup, they rooted and are now cute little plants (one green and upright, and one variegated and upright).  "They" say we should cut off any non-crested, non-variegated growth as those grow faster and can take over the plant or make it unbalanced etc.  I really didn't need any more Euphorbias, LOL, but I just couldn't discard the trimmings!  Happy gardening everyone! 

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 18, 2012 at 10:43pm

Beautiful Billbergia, Grant! The colors are outstanding, even if it isn't so unusual.

Thank you for giving me the info I needed. You are absolutely correct. I just did the 'test' on it, and it did bleed white, barely.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. ;-D

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 18, 2012 at 6:42pm

Hi all, Anne had mentioned she grows some Billbergia nutans awhile ago.  It's a super fun plant, and it reminded me to take a look at mine outside on my patio.  I noticed it's just starting to bloom this week so I thought I'd share a pic.  It's not super unusual, but it IS fun and I thought it would be fun to share.  I hope you agree, LOL.  Either way, here it is.  I'm surprised it's winter hardy outside here, but it's been growing strong for 12 years so I guess it is.  Knock wood, LOL.  I hope you enjoy!  Take care and happy gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 18, 2012 at 6:35pm

Maybe we're talking about different things, by the way?  LOL.  I was saying the "Coral Cactus" that you posted in red/blue pots are Euphorbias.  Maybe you were referring to my 'Curly' Epiphyllum?  He is of course, a cactus, LOL.  Either way, it's always fun to talk plants. 

Here's a quick pic of my grafted, variegated Euphorbia that I bought from IKEA a couple of years ago.  Looking at the plant, and then this pic, shows me it actually IS growing, LOL. 

Happy gardening!


Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on March 18, 2012 at 6:31pm

Fun article, Mary, thanks for sharing it!  I love Rhipsalis too and grow a few and wish I had more, LOL. That's a very nice article--you're right that Rhipsalis are cacti, but the pic below isn't rhipsalis, it's grafted, crested Euphorbias.

However you're totally right that Rhipsalis ARE cacti, but the pic below is grafted Euphorbia lactea in red and blue pots, not Rhipsalis.  I'll see if I can find a link to share.  If you do a quick Google search for "grafted Euphorbias" you'll see what I mean. Thanks for the fun article though, it's giving me a rhipsalis craving, LOL.

Grafted Euphorbias

Happy gardening everyone,


Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on March 18, 2012 at 6:00pm

Actually Grant, it is a cactus. I have attached an article from CSSA, explaining them. I was sure they were succulents, but they aren't. They do require more water tho, since they grow epiphitically on the trees in the rain forests, mostly in S. America. Some are found in Africa, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka. It's really hard for me to remember to water them. (By them, I mean that I have some that pieces fell out of hanging baskets and I laid them in my terrerium.



by Sue Haffner
Reprinted from Cactus Corner News, Newsletter of the Fresno Cactus & Succulent Society

“Is that really a cactus?'' is what a lot of people say when first told that that lush, hanging, apparently spineless plant is a cactus. Yes, it is. Not only that, but Rhipsalis is one of the largest genera in the Cactaceae. Specialists count about 75 species, including those formerly listed as Acanthorhipsalis, Erythrorhipsalis, Hatiora, Lepismium, Pfeiffera, Pseudozygocactus, and Rhipsalidopsis.

It is one of the so-called `jungle cacti', being native to tropical forest regions, most from Brazil, but also found in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Florida, and other areas. One species, R. baccifera, is also found in parts of Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal-the only cactus species that appears to be native to the Old World. (There has been a lot of discussion as to whether it was really native there or was brought by birds, but no one can yet know for sure.)

Most Rhipsalis grow as epiphytes, hanging from trees along with orchids and bromeliads, giving rise to one of its common names, “Mistletoe Cactus''. Several species do grow in the ground, however. Stems are typically long and flexible and have few ribs. Areoles and spines are present but are much reduced in size in most species. Most stems are pencil-shaped to flat; some have frilled or wavy edges. Adventitious roots assist in water absorption from the air and easily take hold and support the plant whenever they find a suitable environment.

Flowers are small, symmetrical and of a pale color. Many bloom in late winter or early spring. The fruits can be attractive-red, white, or black berries.

As epiphytes, Rhipsalis species do well as hanging plants. Being tropical, they appreciate warmth and humidity-though most survive outside all year in our area. Filtered light is best, or morning sun. They need a lot of water in summer when they are growing, but will rot if drainage isn't good. Use a potting mix suitable for Epiphyllums.

Propagation is usually by cuttings, though they can also be grown from seed.

Given the rapid destruction of South American rainforests, Rhipsalis habitat is under severe stress. One species, R. pentaptera, is known from only one site, now within the city limits of Rio de Janeiro.

For more information, check the following web site:


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