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Selenicereus Species, Queen of the Night Selenicereus grandiflorus

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On Could 4, 2015, mensamom from Laurens, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very fascinating video concerning the Queen of the Night time:
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On Jun 4, 2012, desertlavender from Tucson, AZ wrote:

I’ve an SG that blooms profusely one night time a 12 months, yearly, on precisely the identical night time (normally in July or August) as each different SG in Tucson. Nevertheless, this morning two blossoms popped out method forward of schedule, and several other different blooms are able to pop. Is it in hassle? The plant is about eight years outdated and commenced blooming about 4 years in the past, after it was transplanted from our earlier dwelling.


On Aug 12, 2011, bob_kim from Mulberry, FL wrote:

In 1966, I arrived in Mulberry, FL with my mother and father and siblings.
The plant was rising in a big stay oak within the entrance yard. We didn’t pay any consideration to it till we seen flowers late at night time. After that we watched to see when it could flower once more. One 12 months, late spring (right here) it had 40+ flowers one night time. My Dad put a flood mild on it and it made the entrance web page of the native paper! The tree went down in a storm 3-Four years in the past and I organized to have the particles cleared however grabbed what I may of the “vines?” and put them round a stay oak in my yard. This plant requires no care what so ever. It’s now 30-40 ft up the tree and flowers yearly. It’s simply laborious to catch the night time it flowers because the blooms are solely absolutely open about 3-Four AM and by daylight they’re wilted. No… learn extra


On Jun 15, 2011, Tydy_mommy from Indialantic, FL wrote:

I’ve seen the Queen of the Night time – Selenicereus grandiflorus rising in lots of places round Melbourne, Florida, Merritt Island, Florida and in Indialantic, Florida. I had by no means even seen some that had been in my every day commute for years, till the blooming section this 12 months and final. They appear to be sturdy sufficient, if left alone. I’ve seen them rising from the tops of palm bushes with out ever touching soil so soil does not appear to be a requirement. Many of the places are in bushes round houses which can be 50+ years outdated. Seemingly there can be many extra cacti however bulldozers have cleared heaps to construct new houses, and so on. Most in these areas are hooked up to both palms or oak bushes. The blooming section in these areas are occurring late Could by mid June.


On Jul 25, 2010, florotica from Seattle, WA wrote:

This plant wanders throughout my greenhouse in Seattle. It places its aerial roots onto cabinets and different crops’ pots. Bloomed July 24 this 12 months – I normally get 1 or 2 blooms annually.


On Nov 9, 2009, tarbender1997 from Billings, MT wrote:

I’ve had my plant for 10 years now. It bloomed for the primary time final 12 months and did so twice. This 12 months it has bloomed Three totally different instances, the primary time there have been 30 buds, the final time there have been 12.

I water this plant weekly and it appears to thrive. I’ve positioned used espresso grounds on prime of the soil sometimes as I’ve heared that it helps feed the plant with out utilizing chemical fertilizer.

I’ve made a number of makes an attempt at preserving one of many flowers however have been unsuccessful. I’ve tried drying the bloom utilizing borax. This yellowed all the bloom and made it very brittle. I attempted utilizing hairspray however the bloom closed up and wilted. Does anybody have any ideas as to how you can protect this flower?


On Aug 12, 2006, spaceman_spiff from Saint Petersburg, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Here’s a hyperlink to an article from our native newspaper (“St. Petersburg Occasions”), with a pleasant story on this plant. (The article refers closely to the plant as a “Night time-blooming Cereus,” which is inaccurate. The pictures within the print model of the article clearly confirmed the roundish stems of Selenicereus grandiflorus, versus the flat stems of Night time-blooming Cereus, which is an Epiphyllum. Nevertheless, additional into the article it mentions that each the Selenicereus and Epiphyllum have been known as “Night time-blooming Cereus”).

[Link removed. It was too long and wouldn’t embed properly. If you’re interested in the article, let me know and I will send you a link in an email or tell you how to find the article on their website].

(John)… learn extra


On Jun 29, 2005, Myakka from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The plant doesn’t require potting, we have now taken cuttings and damaged components from a Queen of the Night time rising on a Palmetto and hooked up them to a close-by slash pine. When it bloomed, we had flowers going up nearly 40 ft! Time to connect: Three months, the brand new plant is now 6 years outdated. It all the time blooms in late Could/early June, normally simply after a full moon.

There’s an insect, apparently a small wasp, that instantly upon the flower opening flies in to pollinate the flower. We had 45 blooms at one time on the unique plant, and 36 without delay on its offspring. We stay in Port Charlotte, FL, and pay no consideration whetever to this plant! It thrives with out us.


On Jun 24, 2004, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I acquired a reducing for this gem method again within the mid 70s — and nonetheless have the self-same plant and its progeny! It has solely bloomed for me twice! As soon as after I had it hanging among the many branches of a wild cherry tree in NH (Zone 5). We introduced it inside earlier than frost and noticed the bud, and it bloomed in SEPTEMBER! We arrange the digital camera tripod, realizing it was a one-night affair and I can inform you that each time the flash went off we may see the flower flinch! Early dawn, ye gad!

Then in JULY just a few years later it bloomed once more.

From the prior be aware, possibly it is time to repot! I’ve one in all mine coplanted with Stapelia grandiflora and that, no less than, is blooming periodically!

Now I am in NJ (Zone 7) they usually go out and in with the seasons, cascading from l… learn extra

I am preserving one moderately moist and one moderately dry this summer season as a take a look at. If I’ve any bud-luck, I will report again.


On Feb 11, 2004, ideboda from T-village 😉 – Friesland,
Netherlands (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Queen of the Night time (Selenicereus grandiflorus) bears majestic flowers certainly, so could be a actual Queen.
Nevertheless, when not flowering (and she or he solely flowers round June/July – if she does) she does not look very fairly to anybody not being a cactus-freak.
The plant might be grown inside, however wants sufficient room – it would grow to be very large, producing prickly stems of a number of metres’ size, that should be led alongside a lattice or rolled-up like a garden-hose, actually. In nature it climbs into bushes.
In my case, I am unable to develop it outdoors, I stay in zone 6a within the Netherlands, which implies it’s miles too chilly throughout winter.
The plant does not want lots of water, however should not dry out completely in any other case it would flip purplish brown and look horrible.
Particularly when it varieties… learn extra

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