Night Blooming Cereus

tinfoilhatJune 25, 2012

The only way I can justify this as garden junk is for you to visualize the dead jumble of sticks this looks like the other 364 days a year. This Night Blooming Cereus blooms once a year and last night it had 49 - 4" flowers on it. By 11am this morning they will all have wilted away.

These pictures were taken at midnight and 6am this morning.

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rachelthepoet(7)

what a bizarre flower! The stems are a giant mess of squiggles-- love it! Definitely "junking" up its little corner ;) Thanks for sharing

-rachel

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 4:02PM
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toomuchglass(5)

That's amazing. Mom nature makes the best "Garden Junk" :)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:11PM
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Marlene Kindred

What beautiful blooms...such a bizarre thing that the Cereus blooms last for so short a time. Thanks for sharing them with us...we don't have anything like that in VA, so this is a rare sight indeed.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:36PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

That's gorgeous, I was thrilled with four blooms this year!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:44PM
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amigirl(Fl 9)

If you cut a bloom and put it in your fridge overnight you can enjoy it one more day.

Sue

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 5:56PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Nice!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm trying to grow some epiphyllum...which since I can't even get my Christmas cactus to bloom...well, I may not have a green thumb...but the rest of me is green with envy of those lovely blooms you have going on!!! Even for one night is better than what I get!!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 6:00PM
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diggery(z8)

What a rare treat! Lovely. Am I the only one thinkin you should use that first pic as a 'model' for an upcoming work of art?

just sayin'...

blessings,
~digger

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 8:29PM
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sunnyca_gw

Beautiful blooms!! I'd frame a pic & put it on the wall! I have a strange stick thing that some of it looks pretty normal but then sometimes these strange looking long sticks about 1/8 in. thick with only 1 branch going off at some crazy angle,shows up. Right now it looks petty much like you glued 1 in. green toothpicks all over it. I got it from a friend as she said it was so weird so I planted it. It must like being close to house & somewhat shaded as it looks bushy 1st time in yrs. Maybe it will bloom. That would be a 1st. If I were you I would put 1 of those bloom pics in a frame so friends can see why you keep that "thing" around!! Calamity, use very little water on your epiphyllum . If it breaks off put that piece in shady area to dry out & stick in dirt when it has "healed" & you will get another 1. My white was last to bloom. GF has 2 gal or bigger pots & waters once a month & not too much. They did much better when I wasn't doing much out there so it is true! They are very expensive at nursery out here, a ft long 1 rooted about $12. or so. Jan

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 9:58PM
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laurastheme(8)

OMG!! That is WILD! I've never heard of one of those before.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 11:03PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

Beautiful!
I have a different variety, with flat leaves rather
than 'sticks' and it doesn't always bloom every year.
And like sunnyca says they are easy to root but
expensive to buy!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 10:57AM
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sorie6(6b ok.)

Would you mind if I posted the pic of the beautiful plant on my Natural yard garden board? They would love it.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:07PM
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tinfoilhat

Sorie6
Feel free to use any of my pictures. Please send me a link to where you post it.

Note about the 49 blooms:
Every year at the Tohono Chul Park here in Tucson they send out emails announcing "Bloom Night". They are home to the nation's largest private collection. From their website.

Bloom Night 2012 Wrap-Up
2011â²s winter rains left the night-blooming cereus plants in the best condition we had seen for many years. Our 21st annual bloom night was a tremendous success. The Flowers began to open around sunset and became very fragrant by about 10 p.m. The final bloom count on Bloom Night was 89 flowers on 42 plants. By late June, the year's bloom tally for 2012 was 146 flowers on 58 plants.

After reading that I'm starting to think that my 49 blooms might be something exceptional.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:53PM
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jeannespines

Never have seen anything like it...appreciate you sharing w/all us GJ folks! Beautiful! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 11:58PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Interesting info on this thread!!! Glad you posted this!!! My trip to Mexico(PV) this year, I was at a little family run restaurant, where there was a large tree in the courtyard, and they had orchids and ferns growing all over it...so nice!!!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 10:59AM
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tinfoilhat

My curiosity got the best of me last night and I emailed the Curator of Plants at the Tohono Chul Park about the number of blooms on this plant. He replied that the most they have had on a single plant is 32 blooms. So this was something exceptional.
I am going to be a legend in my own mind the rest of the day.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:19PM
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kathi_mdgd

That's a cool plant and the 40 blooms would take me over the moon.Too bad they don't last longer.

My white epis have been blooming this week,and the one on my front porch the bloom lasted 2 1/2 days,i was impressed with that as they usually last only one day as well.I've never bought an epi at a store,i've gotten all of mine from a community college that holds a plant sale every spring outside of one of our walmarts,and or yard sales.
.I have a couple shades of pink ones,white and a red one a neighbor gave me last year.I've been looking for a yellow one but so far no luck.
Kathi

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 6:51PM
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Marlene Kindred

Well TF...I think you should enter your plant in the tour next year! Wow...49 blooms is amazing!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 7:28PM
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