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Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Disocactus phyllanthoides german empress

 

Disocactus phyllanthoides 'Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress'

German Empress is an easy to grow cactus with green-red stems, up to 1m long. It has flat secondary stems with scalloped margins. The flowers are funnel-shaped and pink in colour. Disocactus phyllanthoides need warm temperatures and bright light, but not direct sunlight. Water regularly from mid-spring to autumn and it should be fertilised on a monthly basis during this time. In winter, the temperature should be kept at 50°F and water sparingly. Move the plant to a warmer environment when the plant has flower buds. Water and fertiliser should resume at this time. Re-pot into a slightly larger pot after flowering. Disocactus is a genus containing epiphytic cactus from Mexico to South America. It now includes all the species from the genera Aporocactus, Bonifazia, Chiapasia, Heliocereus, Lobeira, Nopalxochia, Pseudonopalxochia, and Wittia.

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plant Features
  • Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Disocactus phyllanthoides 'Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress'

Latin name

Disocactus phyllanthoides german empress

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Disocactus phyllanthoides Deutsche Kaiserine/German Empress is 0.60meters x 1.00meters 0.60 M 1.00 M

Disocactus phyllanthoides german empress

German Empress is an easy to grow cactus with green-red stems, up to 1m long. It has flat secondary stems with scalloped margins. The flowers are funnel-shaped and pink in colour. Disocactus phyllanthoides need warm temperatures and bright light, but not direct sunlight. Water regularly from mid-spring to autumn and it should be fertilised on a monthly basis during this time. In winter, the temperature should be kept at 50°F and water sparingly. Move the plant to a warmer environment when the plant has flower buds. Water and fertiliser should resume at this time. Re-pot into a slightly larger pot after flowering. Disocactus is a genus containing epiphytic cactus from Mexico to South America. It now includes all the species from the genera Aporocactus, Bonifazia, Chiapasia, Heliocereus, Lobeira, Nopalxochia, Pseudonopalxochia, and Wittia.


Planting young plants

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

Disocactus typically don't like direct afternoon sunlight and should be in partial shade through the hottest hours. They can take direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons. A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal. To plant, do this preferably during the warm season. To repot a cacti, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

 

Propagation

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Disocactus Ackermannii are propagated from stem cuttings taken in late spring after flowering. Most cuttings require time to dry and produce a callus on the wound, this can take from a week to a day depending on size and type. Use John Innes No 1 with up to 30 percent by volume of added grit and keep the compost on the dry side to prevent the cutting rotting off. Always check what your individual specimen will require.

 
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