What you missed in the Garden while you were sleeping

 

Not all showy flowers are meant for the eyes (or antennae) of diurnal (or daytime) pollinators. Just after dawn Thursday, our Night-blooming Cereus (Cereus peruvianus ‘Monstrosus’, syn. Cereus repandus) could be seen in the last moments of an exciting and transient display: large, sweetly fragrant, white blossoms at the peak of anthesis (flowering period). This cactus is native to Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and possibly Argentina, and is notable because it blooms at night, for only one night, in order to be pollinated by various species of hawk moth. The flowers then close with the arrival of the sun and, if pollination was successful, soon fade to produce an edible fruit known as the Pitaya.

 -Derek P.

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  1. Harold Goings says:

    My Cereus has 24 new little buds. This is a record for my plant. My plant is totally root bound and has been for years, but my plant does not seem to suffer. Do I need to repot it or is all well as is? Please advise.
    Thank you,

    Harold Goings

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  2. Harold Goings says:

    My Cereus has 24 new little buds and this is a record for my plant.
    My Cereus is totally pot bound and has been so for years, but my plant does not seem to suffer. Do I need to repot it or is all well as is? Please advise.
    Thank you,

    Harold Goings

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    1. Hey, Harold!

      Thanks for your question. The roots of cacti don’t get to spread out in the natural rocky environment, so the cactus might actually be enjoying its potted situation. The consensus among our horticulturists here at ABG is that your cereus should be just fine as is. As the saying goes, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”!

      Thanks for reading,
      Derek

      P.S. please feel free to send us a picture of your cereus!

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