New National Collection of Epiphyllum hybrids from 1980 for Plant Heritage

Plant Heritage is delighted to welcome a new National Plant Collection of Epiphyllum hybrids from 1980to its family.
 
The Collection which is held in Bridgewater, Somerset by Sheila Tucker was initiated after a visit to a friend’s nursery 15 years ago. Speaking of the experience Sheila said: “I went shopping for some nerine bulbs and saw this enormous plant covered in red flowers and just thought wow. I then treated myself to a few and the Collection grew from there, it’s addictive.”
 
The Collection, which is housed in three heated greenhouses, now contains over 400 plants, and has been grown by sourcing cuttings from the UK and Europe. Sheila is also importing cuttings from New Zealand.
 
Epiphyllum are part of the cactus family and native to the tropical forest of Central America, and typically reach around 20ft, where they grow as climbers or on trees as epiphytes. In the UK the stature is often limited to the height of the glasshouse available.
 
Speaking on the announcement of the new collection, Plant Heritage Conservation Officer Mercy Morris said: “Sheila’s collection started in the way that many do, an accidental encounter leading to something more serious – it is good to see that she has had the time and the dedication to turn it into a National Collection.”
 
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