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In New Orleans and other destinations in the South, evening bloom parties are held to watch the spectacular opening of night blooming cereus plants (usually between 10 p.m. and midnight). If you have an Epiphyllum oxypetalum queen of the night cactus, you can plan a watch party seven days after the bud starts pointing upwards.

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Though it is often referred to as a night-blooming cereus, it is not a cereus plant. And it is not closely related to any of the species in the tribe Cereeae, such as Selenicereus, that are more commonly known as night-blooming cereus. All Cereus species bloom at night and are terrestrial plants, while epiphyllums are usually epiphytic (and can bloom at night, too).

Epiphyllum oxypetalum plants typically bloom in the summer and fall, but mine honestly blooms all year. On Christmas Eve, I had like 7 blooms open at once. The flowers begin opening around dusk, peak overnight, and begin closing when the sun comes up. They will then wilt and fall off.

To encourage blooming, I recommend providing your epiphyllum oxypetalum with plenty of bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. It is also important to water the plant regularly and consistently, but avoid overwatering. A stressed out plant, whether from over or under-watering, will probably not bloom.

The night-blooming cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) is a traditional container porch plant grown by generations of New Orleans gardeners. I regularly get questions about how to grow this plant properly.

A spot that gets direct sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day will provide enough light for a night-blooming cereus to bloom well. If you put the plant in complete shade without morning sun, it will be less likely to bloom and will bloom less when it does.

USA ONLY.You are buying 4 unrooted leaf cuttings of Hooker's Orchid Cactus, Climbing Cactus, (Also called: Night-blooming Cereus, Princess of the Night) (Epiphyllum hookeri). There are 2 sizes available (check the drop-down box near the order button for prices and to choose the size): MEDIUM: 4 cuttings 4 inches - 6 inches each cutting long orLARGE: 4 cuttings each 10 inches - 12 inches long These plants are SUPER EASY to root simply place each leaf cutting, cut end down, into some well draining (cactus suitable) soil. Water sparingly (don't allow water to stand), as you would a cactus and within a few weeks you'll have rooted, growing plants! This is the most inexpensive way to get a start of these wonderful plants, and the way my grandmother has passed this plant on to friends and neighbors for over 30 years!These Orchid Cactus plants get pure white, super fragrant flowers which open after the sun goes down and stay open all night, closing in the morning. These are long lived plants which often get shared via cuttings and the 'mother plants" get passed down through generations in families. It blooms in waves during the summer months and the blooms have a wonderful, unforgettable fragrance. As the plants get older and larger, the more blooms you will have on any given night. (In my experience, these plants don't bloom the first year grown from cuttings and may take up to 3 years to bloom). These are hardy to grow outside only in zone 10 or warmer, but are happy to grow in containers in part shade to mostly sun if protected from freezing temps in the winter. Email me if you have any questions.

One of the strangest plants of the desert, the night blooming cereus, is a member of the cactus family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year. It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. But for one midsummer's night each year, its exqusitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun.

The night-blooming cereus has sparse, angular, lead-gray, twiggy stems about 1/2 inch in diameter. Extremeley small spines grow along the 4 to 6 ribs of these woody stems, which can easily break. It can be erect or sprawling, reaching a length of up to 8 feet, but is usually half that length.

A close Baja relation (Peniocereus. johnstonii), called Saramatraca, Pitayita, or Matraca is locally popular for its edible tuber, which is said to account for the plant's scarcity there.

Night-blooming cereus is popular in rock gardens and can be grown from stem cuttings. After the cut end is is allowed to heal for several weeks, it is planted in dry sand. Like all cactus, night-blooming cereus may be protected in certain desert areas, and permits may be required to collect it.

Once in a Bloom Fragrances has captured the essence of the elusive Queen of the Night cactus flower (night-blooming cereus) to create the inspired Desert Queen Fragrance. Few have ever seen this flower let alone experienced its intoxicating scent, until now! More information

The plant is called a night blooming cereus. It is a cactus plant and can grow quite large. Once it gets old enough, flower buds are set in July/August time frame and open with gigantic blooms which are quite fragrant. The flowers open after the sun sets and close when the sun rises. I often think it is one of the ugly duckling plants, since it is not the most attractive plant, but when it blooms, it more than makes up for its appearance. It is not winter hardy but does well outside all summer.

After having a night blooming cereus, Cereus peruvianus for 6 years, it bloomed for the first time about 5 weeks ago with several blooms following. At the moment, I've counted 21 blooms coming. Since it was a cutting from another plant, can you tell me what conditions make this plant bloom? I had absolutely nothing until this year, but it grows profusely. Last year it was re-potted as it had grown quite large. A friend I shared with now has a bloom coming on hers. Does this plant require more room to grow? Is shade or sunshine better? Is dryness or plenty of water better? Would appreciate anything you may tell me about this plant. The picture I took early one morning. By 10:00 the bloom was totally wilted.

Night-blooming cereus require minimal attention to grow. True to their reputation as cactuses, they need far less water than other plants to survive. They like well-draining, sandy soil best with compost added for nutrients. If you are potting night-blooming cereus, use a combination of half sand and half potting mix. During the blooming season, check for dry soil and water accordingly. Don't overdo it, though, because night-blooming cereus don't respond well to soggy soil. These plants can be fast growers, so strategic removal of stems helps to control their size. Pruning when needed also stimulates the remaining stems to produce blooms.

Night-blooming cereus do well as indoor potted plants, though keep in mind that they can grow to be 10 feet tall. Be sure to use at least a 10-inch pot but don't worry about repotting because you'll see better blooms in root-bound pots. However, unlike those planted in the ground, potted night-blooming cereus could take from three to five years to produce flowers. During the summer it's best to place potted plants outside to enjoy a little sunshine. Treat yours as you would a young, unestablished plant and place it somewhere sheltered that will provide filtered light. Because of the cold sensitivity of night-blooming cereus, bring your potted plant inside whenever there is a cold snap.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum is commonly called "Night Blooming Cereus". At one time the botanical name was Cereus now it is an Epiphyllum. This is an old heirloom plant that has large white flowers that open at night. Each flower is open for only one night. Sometimes the growers of this plant will have a party and stay up late to watch the flowers open. It is very dramatic. It makes a large plant 2 to 4 feet across. Easy to grow. Give it bright light. It is usually moved outside in the summer and inside for the winter, to protect it from freezing.

Like the queen of the night, our night-blooming cereus blooms only at night and when the flower closes at the first hint of daylight, it never reopens. The flowers are huge, white and highly fragrant. A climbing plant, it can reach a height of 30 feet.

If you live in a warm, tropical climate you can grow the night-blooming cereus outdoors (technically hardy in USDA zones 10 and up). The rest of us must be content to grow it in a pot, allowing it to summer outdoors and bringing it indoors when the weather cools.

After sunlight, success growing the night-blooming cereus depends on the type of soil in which it is grown. Well-drained is a soil description that is tossed around frequently and it may be a bit of an understatement when it comes to this plant.

Container-grown night-blooming cereus plants require heavy, porous pots, such as those made from unglazed terracotta. The plants tend to become top-heavy as they mature so the heavier the pot, the less the danger of the pot tipping over.

In July, move the plant into an area that remains completely dark from dusk until dawn and allow it to remain there until October. Keep the temperature at 50 degrees F and stop watering the night-blooming cereus in January. Start watering again four weeks later. The plant should bloom six to eight weeks later.

Queen of the Night is a night-blooming, tropical epiphyte to lithophyte, an organism that grows on the surface of another plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from rain, the air and debris collecting on the organism. This member of the cactus family is the most cultivated species in the genus. It has huge, showy, very fragrant white flowers that open only once, at night and are typically only last that one night. If pollinated, the flowers are followed by 5" long, oblong, purple/red fruits.

Though these cacti flowers open at night, they stay open long enough for day-time pollinators and people to enjoy the spectacle during the morning hours. Even after the flowers fade, this upright columnar cactus offers an architectural focal point to desert landscapes. They grow slowly, but if given time, they can reach over 20-ft high and almost as wide. Make sure to give this plant plenty of room to grown and shine in your landscape. Native to South America, Cereus is frost tolerant and sun-loving, so it is well acclimated to the low desert. 041b061a72


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