Re: [gardeners] night blooming cereus

George Shirley (
Sun, 08 Sep 2002 08:19:45 -0500

Yes, usually takes two to three years from rooting of a leaf to get a
plant to bloom. Ours has had about 30 blooms this year but we are in
zone 9b, very warm, very humid. The "night-blooming cereus", we have and
evidently you have the same type, is a form of cactus and friends tell
me is not a true cereus. All I know is that that's what they've been
called all of my life so it may just be a regionalism.

Thanks for the info on your dad and his artery cleaning. My dad had it
done too and lived for several more years afterward. It will be done at
the Houston Veteran's Affairs Medical Center sometime in the next month
or so. Won't know until the results of the dye angiogram are in. Wish I
could have it done at the Bethesday Naval Hospital, they worked on my
knees there in 1958 and they're still in pretty good shape. <VBG>


"c.l. avery" wrote:
> Dear George and list,
>   I was glad to read about the success you're having with your night
> blooming cereus.  A friend passed one along to me last winter and I've been
> keeping it going outdoors once it warmed up here.  It has the strangest
> looking leaves I've ever seen.  Like a paddle cactus almost splayed out
> almost horizontally.  No sign of bloom on mine, but she told me it might
> take 2-3 yrs to get a blossom from the new sprout she gave me.  Is that your
> experience with it?
>   My dad had the carotid artery cleaning out procedure done a few years back
> and had great results and no complications.  And he was in his early 80's
> when it was done.  All my best wishes to you for your procedure, George.
>   Carolyn
>   Bethesda
>   zone 7a
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