Night Blooming Cereus Bud to Bloom - 2013
For detailed information on the plant, scientific data on growth rates, blooms
size and care, see Night Blooming Cereus Care guide.
This plant began blooming around mid September of 2013. Below I've listed out
some daily shots demonstrating growth rate and the interesting changes the bud
goes thru as it reaches maturity.
Almost time for the bud to open
Picture(s) taken on 9-24-13.
Sorry for this firt pic being so terrible. I've got some more I'm working to put
Picture(s) taken on 9-28-13.
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Here you can see the bud is really pushing some good lenght now. You can almost
see the growth occurring! This Epiphyllum oxypetalum, or Night Blooming Cereus,
is only hosting one bud this year; in years past I've had up to 7 blooms on one
plant. To encourage blooming I reccomend a fish emulsion product, as these plants
like to feed while preparing for a bloom. In the winter time, cease feeding.
This bud was produced from the aureole of the plant, not a stalk. As such, the
cereus is really putting a strain on the rest of the leaf. I've seen them
produced from the leggy stalks of the plant as well. They tent to be a little
larger flowers when grown off stalks of the cereus in my opinion.
Picture(s) taken on 10-6-13.
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You can see here that the cereus bud is beginning to turn upwards. What I've
noticed is when this begins, the bud will usually open 8 days after this upward
turn begins. Plan your menu and call the friends...your cereus is preparing for
the main act.
Here the bud is starting to point upwards. This indicates that we are days
away from a bloom. Usually about 7-8 days from the first tip upwards the
cereus will open. Predicting the bloom time is important so you can invite
your friends and plan the party. I'll be posting pictures thru the event for
those of you that can't attend my Night Blooming Cereus part this year.
One other comment on the bloom today. Contrary to what you may read
elsewhere, the night blooming cereus blooms do not smell pleasing. They
stink. Bottom line. The fragrance can only be described as strong, offensive and
Picture(s) taken on 10-12-13.
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Picture(s) taken on 10-17-13.
The night blooming cereus bloom was confused this year. The day before the plant
bloomed the temperature dropped to 45 degrees. This confused the plant and
stunted the bloom somewhat. The plant began to open the bloom during the day on
the 18th. By the time night fell, the plant had already opened the blooms and
started the show. We had the traditional "bloom party", and celebrated anyways.
Each time these plants bloom, I find it very rewarding. I have some cuttings of
these plants that I'm growing now and will be selling them on ebay if you are
interested. Check out my ebay store, listed under planethobby. Maybe you can get
a cereus to bloom too!
Picture(s) taken on 10-18-13.