Re: [gardeners] night blooming cereus

George Shirley (
Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:06:19 -0500

Even in USDA zone 9b we keep our cereus in pots. they bloom around 10 pm here and the blooms are
gone by morning. In all fairness it does bloom repeatedly for us. Ours are 8 or 10 years old and,
IIRC, started blooming the third year. We put ours in the greenhouse on days when we're expecting a
frost, other than that they stay outside even on days into the high thirties and forties and do

They are also very easy to start, get a leaf (one of those ugly strap looking things) and plant it
in potting soil and keep it moist but not wet. Also keep it fairly warm. We generally start 8 or 10
each year to sell at our annual "garage" sale.

Having been stationed in Southern Maryland for a few years I know what you mean about steamy
summers. DC is in a old marsh isn't it? I don't think your plant would survive your winters though.
Good luck.


"c.l. avery" wrote:
> Dear George and list,
>   I have just been given a night blooming cereus!  My goodness, it is one
> strange and ugly plant (I'm referring to it in the flowerless state).  Looks
> like it could be a plant on the moon.  I've been told that it is a tropical
> and so I don't dare leave it outside...except during our steamy DC
> summers... and have had it inside since it was given to me last month.  I
> was also told that it will take a year, two or three for it to bloom, and
> that the blossoms only last for one night.  Any of this true?  Can I plant
> it outside like in George's memory of his boyhood home?
>   Carolyn
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