You may know it by different names: Night Blooming Cereus (it isn't a cereus), Dutchman's Pipe Cactus because of the pipe shape of the bud or Queen of the Night. If you live in south Florida, it may grow upward for several feet into a tree. Cold-tender, we grow it in pots. I set mine close to a carport post in summer for support so strong winds do not blow over the top-heavy pots. In the greenhouse the long stems lean on a structure I fashioned and dubbed my Epi tree.
Last night's show featured only two blooms. Another bloom will open soon and numerous tiny buds are present that will open in October. The rest of the winter we will deal with this gangly plant by mostly ignoring it except for occasional watering.
Note the tiny bud at left.
I could smell the heavy, spicy fragrance before
I reached for the light switch as I stepped inside.
Pictures taken near midnight required the use of a flash for illumiation.
Geenhouse walls reflect the security light outside.
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