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I find them difficult!
Really? All I do is toss them outside starting in mid May in a shady spot & leave them outside until November, taking them in for the night if it will go below freezing. I water them when they feel dry and put a tablespoon of osmocote on them 3x over the course of their outdoor stint. That's it.
 

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Mine is in a 'self-watering' pot in my office. The compost is an equal mix of potting compost, John Innes and perlite. I just make sure it dries out a little on the surface before I water again (though not when it has buds or flowers!).
 
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Happy Sunday,
I have actually been growing Schulber. for decades. Matter of fact, before I started raising orchids. Here is my favorite variety I have never seen one quite like it. I have had this plant over 30 years. I have almost lost it a few times. But, I always managed to save a small piece and keep it going.Christmas Cactus.jpg
 
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Happy Sunday,
I have actually been growing Schulber. for decades. Matter of fact, before I started raising orchids. Here is my favorite variety I have never seen one quite like it. I have had this plant over 30 years. I have almost lost it a few times. But, I always managed to save a small piece and keep it going.View attachment 30630
Spectacular!
 
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Really? All I do is toss them outside starting in mid May in a shady spot & leave them outside until November, taking them in for the night if it will go below freezing. I water them when they feel dry and put a tablespoon of osmocote on them 3x over the course of their outdoor stint. That's it.

I can’t figure out why they struggle for me. My Grandma grew her grandmother’s for 70 some years. Outdoors under a tree in the yard as you describe, then into a cool dark basement all winter where it would bloom like a nuclear bomb. An astonishing sight in my childhood. I keep trying with pieces; they get a certain size and then go into this weird decline. I do not understand what I’m doing wrong. Very frustrating. I grow a lot of plants, over 200 orchids, blah blah blah. This one does not succeed for me.
 
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My all hang outdoors from end of frost to first front. They hang under the roof soffit of my garden room on the north side of my house. I feed and water them sometimes.
George
 
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