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Offline abby

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More Basket Magic
« on: July 05, 2008, 19:31:33 PM »
This plant was made for hanging baskets - it is true basket magic

 Disocactus phyllanthoides

Commonly known as Epiphyllum German Empress

  

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008, 19:45:15 PM »
Very, very beautiful, Abby! Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008, 21:21:13 PM »
WOW Abby!! This looks wonderful
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008, 00:15:51 AM »
What a nice idea! I should try with my epis, too!
Thank you Abby!
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008, 09:02:56 AM »
Very nice Abby ! Mine is also flowering at the moment , but I like the basket idea .

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008, 10:23:01 AM »
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I need to get myself some epi's now!!! I've seen too many that I like here on this forum!


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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 13:19:56 PM »
The 'German Empress" is a great basket plant and everybody should have one - no bother to maintain and readily grows from cuttings.

And like all baskets you keep them hanging in a tree and when they bloom you bring them close to your environs where you can appreciate them. :love:
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2008, 15:11:35 PM »
Abby - Wow!  Georgeous!
Thanks for posting.
Love the idea of hanging in tree then bringing closer - silly me - I always hang mine under the rafters (then don't water them enough) then land up placing then on the floor with normal pots that get rain!  Going to hang one of mine in tree just now!!!

Jeremy - if you find any in Dbn area, please let me know where, name and price, and I will do the same from my side.
I'm also 'sold'.  Definitely would like this particular German Empress!
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2008, 15:15:08 PM »
Mel
 They grow readily and quickly from cuttings.

Disocactus phyllanthoides spots through most of the year, a bit like those clivias. Hence when I hang it in a tree, I do try to keep it at eye level. If it rains too much for an extended period, you may have to move it to a drier position.  :)
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Re: More Basket Magic
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2008, 15:44:00 PM »
Not epi's, but here are my Winter/Spring baskets:

Pansies:


Primula Aucalis about to explode:
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2008, 16:19:14 PM »
Looks great Wayne! :congrats: - do post more pics after the "explosion"

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Re: More Basket Magic
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2008, 03:41:11 AM »

Wayne
Can hardly wait till your baskets reach full bloom - they should be spectacular.
The baskets remind me of the upside down orchids.

What sort of potting mix do you use for the primulas in the basket?  ???
What do you do with the primulas in summer? ???
Or do you just treat them as annuals? ???

Wish they made baskets like that here.
What are the dimensions of your pots?  ???
How very useful they are.
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2008, 05:15:38 AM »
Hi Wayne,
I note you have irrigation into the hanging baskets - great.
  • How often do you irrigate them
  • What is your potting mixture
With hanging baskets it can be difficult to get this combination right of not over-irrigating and washing out nutrients in the soil, or letting the plants become Christians by letting them pray for water, and the potting mix.
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2008, 07:21:03 AM »
Abby and Jurie.

I just use ordinary potting soil mix for my baskets.  I feed quite regularly though, and I spray fortnightly with Nitrosol.
If my baskets hang too high, like the pansy one, I don't plant in the top, I just put pine bark much in the top.
I irrigate in winter, once every three days and in summer, once a day on both occasions, for about 3 minutes.

Abby the baskets are about 40cm in diameter.
This is the first season that I have done Primulas, but I normally plant up as annuals.  I have not thought what I am going to do with them in Summer...
If you ever wanted the contact details of the company that do them, I can forward this to you.  Just not sure what Imports will do with them. They are completely plastic, so they should be fine.
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Re: More Basket Magic
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2008, 16:07:20 PM »

Wayne
I am so envious of you, my pots are only 25cm in diameter. That is why I only grow baskets that do not require too much watering like dendrobiums and the epis and they are virtually self care for years on end but imagine what I could do with a 40 cm Basket. :love:

Unfortunately, the postage for the baskets would most probably make it quite prohibitive. Perhaps if I was to contact them, they may think about an export market to OZ. What sort of basic cost are we looking at for the price of a basket?

I usually keep my primulas in a pot in a shady spot and they seem to survive. In the US climate zone I would equate to about 9 -10.
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