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Growing Orchid Cactus (Peacock's Tail or Epiphylum) With Photos

Linda's passion for gardening has encouraged her to write about growing different types of organic vegetables and flowers. I love veggies.

Orchid Cactus also known as Peacock's Tail or Epiphyllums

Orchid Cactus is easy to grow and care for as I have found out by trial and error. I had this plant for a few years now and this year is the best year ever since I had them. The two pots that I have, produced a lot of beautiful pink flowers which are so pretty to look at and enjoy.

I know I have to wait maybe two years for them to bloom but it is worth waiting for. The flowers will stay maybe two months or more. After one month of flowering the centre of the flower will open and reveal a stamen on the centre. It is so gorgeous to see each day. Once the plant is established, it flowers every 10 months of the year.

How to grow Orchid Cactus or Epiphyllums:

1. After the orchid cactus flowers had all gone, take leaf cuttings from the mother cactus.

2. Put them in a glass or vase with water and leave until roots appear at the cuttings.

3. Prepare a pot with compost (multipurpose or your own compost).

4.Plant about 4 or 5 leaves in each pot with compost.

5. Water and leave it on a shaded area for a week(no direct sunlight).

6. Check if soil is dry, water it but if not leave it.

7. This plant doesn't like too much water as it rots easily if you water it too much.

8. When plant is established and new leaves or shoots start to come out then place them in a part of your house where there is sunlight but not direct. I positioned my two pots on my kitchen top with some sunlight.

How To Care For Orchid Cactus(Epiphyllums) before and after flowering


Once the roots have established you can see new leaves coming out of the leaves that you planted. If you like, you can split the four leaves you had planted in one pot to four separate pots as this leaves will become many or leave them as they are and plant at least two pots or more for spare.

For me, I like to have a few pots of them in case one of them dies then I have some more to replace them. It is better to have spare I find. Also I like giving them to friends who like flowers or plants like me.

After the Orchid plant finished flowering, this is the time to grow some more and take leaf cuttings. Put the cuttings in a glass with water or a vase with water and leave them in a shaded place until their roots start coming out from your cuttings. Then start planting them in pots with multipurpose compost.

This flower is so easy to grow. The flowers come in different colours as well. There is white, pink, peach, red and orange too. Sometimes their flowers look like orchids, I think that is why they call them Orchid cactus. They are not cactus as well because they got no thorns. Beautiful flower to have around the house.

Orchid Cactus

Believe it or not this flower is still alive until now. I have this flower maybe 17 years now and it still flowers every year. I really recommend it to anyone who loves flowers that is easy to look after like me. All it needs is water and some plant food every now and then.

Orchid Cactus or Epiphyllums Photos

New Cactus flowers

New Cactus flowers

New cactus flowers

New cactus flowers

Orchid cactus flowers in clusters

Orchid cactus flowers in clusters

Latest photo showing the stamen

Latest photo showing the stamen

Five flowers in one leaf, amazing

Five flowers in one leaf, amazing

Latest photo of orchid cactus

Latest photo of orchid cactus

Pretty in Pink Orchid Cactus

Pretty in Pink Orchid Cactus

Orchid cactus without flowers

Orchid cactus without flowers

Newly transplanted Orchid Cactus

Newly transplanted Orchid Cactus

Orchid cactus with roots  sprouting, time to put it in a pot with potting compost

Orchid cactus with roots sprouting, time to put it in a pot with potting compost

Orchid Cactus

How to grow orchid cactus(epiphyllum)

Growing orchid cactus

© 2013 Linda Bryen

Orchid Cactus Comments

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on February 26, 2018:

Hi! Precy, salamat sa pagdalaw mo. Yep it is easy to grow these flowers. I wish you luck kung magtanim ka. Matagal na ito pero buhay pa rin.

precy anza from USA on February 26, 2018:

Those are beautiful naman! :) Love the pink color as well. I remember we had this maybe 3 years ago or so. Para tuloy gusto ko uling i-try ganun lang pala magpatubo ng another plant from leaf cuttings. :)

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on September 16, 2015:

Pavi, This plant doesn't need much water. Only water it when the pot is dry. I water mine once a week at least. I put some in sunny places but not direct sunlight and I put some in a shaded place. Sometimes they don't flower straight away. It an take a while before they flower but once they start, they carry on having flowers every year. They are no trouble at all. Just keep watering them once a week. They don't like too much water.

pavl on September 16, 2015:

I have this plant and the leaves are just hanging out of the pot...What am I doing wrong? Too much water?

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 03, 2015:

I don't know how to answer this but you might have left the plant in the same pot for a few years. I think the epiphyllum plant or orchid cactus plant like to be re-potted every other year. The leaves of my plant remain green but I noticed one pot that I left for a while is not looking healthy so I re-potted it and it is gorgeous now.

Liz Goodman on May 03, 2015:

Why are the leaves on my epi turning pink?

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 21, 2014:

Now that is a good idea. Why did I not think of that. I might do that. Thank you, Writer Fox for the idea.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on May 21, 2014:

You should offer them on the Forum! There's lots of people in the UK on this site.

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 21, 2014:

Oh! I am sorry Writer Fox to hear that they don't allow live plants to be sent to your country, otherwise I will really send you some. I got a lot now to give away.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on May 21, 2014:

That's so nice to offer, but live plants are not allowed to be imported into my country without special permission.

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 20, 2014:

Writer Fox, thank you for your kind comments. I suppose I could send you some cuttings thru the post if you like some. They are flowering again and they are really gorgeous.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on May 20, 2014:

These are gorgeous and you are an inspiration to us all! I wish I lived near you to get one of your cuttings! Voted up and Pinned.

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 21, 2013:

Hello! travmaj, thank you once again for your kind comment and for voting me up. I don't see this plant in the garden centre here. It must be rare.

travmaj from australia on May 21, 2013:

What a stunning plant, what beautiful pictures -lovely hub, I will look out for the Orchid cactus - thank you for this. Voting

Linda Bryen (author) from United Kingdom on May 21, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comment jemoon. I am not sure if they sell them in the garden centers.

jemoon on May 21, 2013:

Beautifully done, good information, now where can I get leaves or cuttings?