intergenetic hybrid, the name comes from the fusion si aporocactus and epiphyllum, but in the ancestors of the aporophyllum are surely present many other succulents. It produces enlarged tufts, formed by thin curved or drooping stems, of green colour, in various tonalities depending on the species, or reddish green, furrowed by showy ribs with several dark or yellow thorns.
In spring and autumn, it produces big elongated buds, from which bloom big flowers, of various colours, from the yellow to the red, from the white to the dark violet. There are many varieties and species, with flowers of various colours and also of various sizes, even if the most appreciated species have very big flowers. Every 3-4 years the plants tend to lignify in the lower part, it is advisable to prune the plant even drastically, so as to encourage the development of new vigorous stems.
are grown in a place not too sunny, especially during the hot season; in winter they can be placed in a sunny place, but it is advisable to shade them slightly during the summer, especially if we live in a place with very hot climate. Avoid locations with little ventilation. It is afraid of the cold and usually in winter it is grown in a temperate greenhouse, with minimum temperatures close to 6-10°C.
it is an epiphytic plant, which therefore does not produce a great quantity of roots and needs a very loose and well drained substratum; it is utilized a mixture formed by a part of peat, a part of sand and a part of pumice stone of rather fine granulometry. We suggest to repot the plants every 2-3 years, changing the whole substratum. They are very suitable for the cultivation in hanging baskets.
During the cold season, they are kept completely dry; when they begin to produce the first buds, watering begins, intervening when the soil dries; watering continues in spring and autumn, suspending them only in summer if the plant stops flowering. In spring, provide small doses of specific fertilizer for succulent plants, mixed with the water of the watering.
Aporophyllum: Parasites and diseases
often the cochineal attacks these plants, nesting in a particular way at the base of the stems; they are often attacked also by the mites.