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Caring for Orchid Cactus

My sister-in-law has a collection on cacti in her home.  On a recent visit she'd given me one called an orchid cactus.  I've never claimed to have a green thumb.  How do I take care of my gift?

The orchid cactus belongs to a large group of cactus known as Epiphyllum. This group contains many members that produce red, purple, white or yellow often fragrant flowers, in spring or summer.   Grow these in a bright location allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering.  Keep the plant a little drier during its rest period and slightly moister when in bloom.  Rest the plant in winter by moving it to a cooler location of 50 degrees.  Cool temperatures and drier soil during the rest period will encourage bloom.  Move the plant to a warmer location when it is flowering or actively growing.

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