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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 to do 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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