How do you water Epiphyllum anguliger correctly?
In the spring, increase the watering quantities slowly. During the warm season the Epiphyllum needs a lot of water, but does not tolerate waterlogging.
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Use rainwater whenever possible, as calcareous water is harmful to the leaf cactus.
What should be considered when fertilizing?
Never fertilize Epiphyllum anguliger with cactus fertilizer! This species of cactus needs different nutrients. Use a normal flower fertilizer (€ 13.27 on Amazon *) that you give every 14 days during the growing season. Reduce the amount of fertilizer to about half.
Are you allowed to prune Epiphyllum angular?
Cutting is not absolutely necessary. If the leaf cactus becomes too big for you, you are welcome to prune it back in spring. The cut shoots can be used as cuttings for propagation.
When do you need to repot the leaf cactus?
Repotting is only necessary if the previous pot has become too small. The best time to move is early spring. Use a container with a drainage hole, which you fill with loose potting soil or a special substrate for leaf cacti.
What diseases and pests are there?
Diseases occur with improper care. If the Epiphyllum is too wet, the roots will rot. When dry, the flowers fall off.
Watch out for pests like:
- Scale insects
- Spider mites
Whitish-green spots on the leaves indicate a fungal infection. The leaf cactus gets reddish spots when it is in a too cool location.
How do you hibernate Epiphyllum anguliger?
- Cool, bright location
- Temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees
- never cooler than 10 degrees!
- pour little
- no longer fertilize
If you don't have a suitable place to overwinter, you can leave the Epiphyllum anguliger in the living room. It then has to be poured more often.
However, without a cooler resting phase, it will develop very few or no flowers in the following year.
Epiphyllum anguliger is also called “saw blade cactus”. Its blades are strongly serrated so that they look very much like a saw blade.