Re: [gardeners] night blooming cereus

George Shirley (
Sat, 15 Feb 2003 08:13:24 -0600

Watch the leaves that form on those vertical spikes Carolyn. that's
where ours bear their flowers each year. It sounds like you're headed
for blooms this year.


"c.l. avery" wrote:
> Dear List,
>   Thank you all so much for your answers to my question about my night
> blooming cereus.  I had no idea that there were many kinds!  My plant is a
> pass-along from a friend, which she potted for me in a six inch pot, about 2
> yrs ago.  It has 3-4 long horizontal branches which bear the leaves, and
> there are now these 3 tall vertical spikes.  The horizontal branches are
> about 3 ft. long at this point. The leaves are leathery and quite
> cactus-looking, to me.  The pictures of the epiphyllium that were in the
> link were showed such large gorgeous flowers.... it made me reaffirm my
> desire to continue keeping this ugly awkward looking plant alive -- at least
> til I get my first flowers.  I will keep a good lookout for bulges on the
> leaves and ignore the vertical spikes, now that I know that they are not
> going to bear the flowers.  Thank you all again!
>   Carolyn
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