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Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Also known as

Epicactus 'Sarah Courant', Epis 'Sarah Courant', Orchid Cactus 'Sarah Courant'

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant' Overview

Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant' is a hybrid Orchid Cactus that is also called Epicactus 'Sarah Courant'. Artificially crossed for their large flowers, Epi 'Sarah Courant''s are salmon-pink in colour with an orange central stripe on each petal and can be 15cm wide. The flat succulent leaves of Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant' are mid-green in colour, with wavy edges that can have an orange-red flash along the edge depending on sunlight levels. Reaching up to 70cm, they can start to drop as they mature, making them an interesting hanging pot plant. Unlike Cactus Epiphyllum plants are epiphytic and thus grow without the need for soil substrate, they are naturally found in the forks of tree branches or in rock crevices where enough humus has accumulated to retain moisture. These plants appreciate cool temperatures and actually need to be exposed to between 10-15 degrees Celsius in winter for a couple of weeks to force their night-time blooms. They originate from the tropical forests of Central America and are commonly grown as ornamental plants, both in the house and outdoors in their native environment.

Common problems with Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

They have few insect or disease problems. Watch out for standing water around the roots and don’t over water or fungus gnats and stem and root rot will become a problem.

How to harvest Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Take cuttings after flowering. Feed during spring during the growth season to encourage more long cane-like shoots and therefore more blooms.

How to propagate Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Cuttings

Detach 4-6 in (10-15 cm) stem segments in spring and place upright in moist potting mix. Stem cuttings root easily, but you may wait a few years to see many blooms on a new plant.

Special features of Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Drought resistant

Fleshy stems store water for dry spells.

Indoor plant

Bright indirect sunlight is suitable indoors.

Pot plant

Perfect for hanging pots. Repot every 2-3 years, moving up to a pot 1 size larger. Wait till early spring to repot, never while it's blooming.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Hybrid Epiphyllum 'Sarah Courant'

Grown for its nocturnal flowers.

Edible

The fruit is edible.