Considering this, why do cereus only bloom at night?
Answer: Night blooming cereus that are grown outdoors, or set outdoors during the summer, need light shade. Plants that are grown indoors need lots of light. A southern exposure is best. The reason why the plants need “more” sunlight indoors is because they are only getting light from a window.
People also ask, which flower is called Queen of the Night?
How do you get night blooming cereus to flower?
You can force your Cereus to bloom by keeping the plant in a completely dark environment from dusk to dawn during the bloom season. Night blooming Cereus flowers in July to October. This will mimic the outdoor light it experiences.
Water the night–blooming cereus with the fertilizer solution once weekly during the active spring and summer growing season. Check the label because rates vary among brands and use one-fourth of the recommended concentration.
Regardless of genus or species, night–blooming cereus flowers are almost always white or very pale shades of other colors, often large, and frequently fragrant. Most of the flowers open after nightfall, and by dawn, most are in the process of wilting.
Odor profile: It is a tropical cactus plant with flowers that have a dusty white floral smell with a soft spicy undertone.
The night–blooming cereus is native to the deserts and subtropics of the Southwest United States, the Antilles and Central and South America. The plants vary in form from species to species; without blooms, some look like gnarled nests of bare sticks or green, flat-leaved cactus-orchid hybrids.
Night–blooming cereus do well as indoor potted plants, though keep in mind that they can grow to be 10 feet tall. Be sure to use at least a 10-inch pot but don’t worry about repotting because you’ll see better blooms in root-bound pots.
The fruit is edible and as it ripens and falls to the ground, it provides an excellent food source for native wildlife. Though these cacti flowers open at night, they stay open long enough for day-time pollinators and people to enjoy the spectacle during the morning hours.
Care When Propagating Cereus Cactus
Once your cactus has roots, it is time to move it to a slightly warmer location. The cutting shouldn’t need repotting for a couple of years and can be grown on in its small pot. During the growing season, fertilize with a soluble plant fertilizer once per month.
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