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How to Hybridize your own Epiphyllum

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Photographs taken by Paul Richter and Gary Brandfellner







The flower parts

The first thing todo is to pollinate the flower.
The pollen is on the stamen.
The pollen should then be placed on the stigma.
Below are 3 ways to pollinate an eppi.


















TWO EPPI

Just rub two flowers together





















STAMIN AND STYLE

Rub the stamen of one flower to the stigma of the other



















FLOWER AND BEE

LET NATURE DO ITS THING



















A FORMING SEED POD

IF DONE PROPERLY THE SEED POD WILL BEGIN TO SWELL



















THE SEED POD WILTS

IF IT DIDN'T WORK THE FLOWER WILL WITHER AND DIE



















RIPE SEED POD

THIS IS A RIPE SEED POD



















THE BLACK SPECKS ARE THE SEEDS

A SEED POD CUT OPEN
SIMILAR TO A KIWI
THE BLACK SPECKS ARE THE SEEDS



















SCOOPED OUT

YOU SCOOP OUT THE INSIDE OF THE POD



















MUSH THE PULP

YOU MUSH THE PULP UP
TO RELEASE THE SEEDS




















THE BAD SEEDS WILL FLOAT



YOU PUT THE SEEDS AND PULP IN WATER
THE BAD SEEDS WILL FLOAT















POUR OFF THE PULP

YOU POUR OFF THE PULP



















FILTER THE SEEDS

FILTER THE SEEDS




















PLANT SEEDS

SEEDS ARE PLACED ON TOP OF THE SOIL
THEN LIGHTLY COVERED WITH SOIL THEN MISTED




















COVER SEEDS

PUT COVER OVER THE SEEDS TO KEEP MOIST




















GROWN NEAR WINDOW FOR LIGHT AND WARMTH


GROWN NEAR WINDOW FOR LIGHT AND WARMTH



























AT 7 MONTHS

AT 7 MONTHS




















PLANT SEEDS

AFTER 7 MONTHS REMOVE THE COVER




















SEPARATE PLANTS

CAREFULLY SEPARATE THE PLANTS AND PUT THEM IN 3" PEAT POTS




















SEPARATE PLANTS

WHEN THEY HAVE 2 STEMS AT 15 MONTHS YOU PUT THEM IN 4' POTS




















21 MONTHS

21 MONTHS IN THE 4" POTS




















21 MONTHS

AT 21 MONTHS THEY ARE TRANSPLANTED INTO 6" POTS




















5 YEARS

AT 5 YEARS WAITING FOR A BLOOM

























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