Night-blooming-cereus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, belongs to an epiphytic group of cacti. Find facts on growing night-blooming-cereus, cereus plant care, and information on cereus cactus.
Night-Blooming Cereus Facts and Information
This mystical plant has flowers that bloom at night. It typically climbs into trees by means of aerial roots. Epiphyllum oxypetalum is not parasitic, because they use the tree for support only.
Epiphyllums are found growing throughout Mexico, Central America, and into Brazil. They are very easy to grow and look best when supported by stakes or a trellis, rather than being left to grow rampantly. E. Oxypetalum, is also known as Queen of the Night (Queen of the Night flower), and is the best night-blooming species for home culture. Flowering takes place through summer and autumn.
Flowers of Epipyllum oxypetalum
The cereus plant has large, fragrant white flowers that measure six inches or more across. Flowers will start to open early in the evening and close up when the sun rises. The flowers develop from areoles along the margin of the flattened stemlike leaf.
True leaves are lacking on this plant. The fruits develop after flowering and are edible. Flowering takes place from growth made the previous summer season, not on present year’s wood.
Growing Night-Blooming Cereus
Light: Very high; direct sun part of the day.
Temperature: Cool place of 50 degrees for Winter.
Moisture: Dry. Dry in winter when stored cool. Water when surface of soil is dry.
Propagation: By taking cuttings
Potting: Use a cactus blend and do not overpot.
Fertilizer: Feed established plants once a month in summer and omit watering in winter.
Insects: Mealy bugs
Pruning: undesirable growth may be pruned and new plants started from cuttings.