Monday, July 04, 2005

Further bud development...

Only four of the buds I posted on 6/16 about continued to develop... which I take as a good thing. Based on last year's experience, I was worried that if the plant had too many buds and blooms to support that each individual one might be shortchanged. For all the plant's blooming activity late last summer, few if any of the blooms ever opened all the way. Maybe the plant was exhausted from handling so much growth at the same time...

Anyway, here are pictures of the most advanced development from last Friday (July 1) and today (July 4). These pictures were taken with a new Canon Digital Rebel XT, an 8 megapixel camera. Hopefully, this camera will give me very high resolution shots of the eventual bloom. Based on my own photographic record of a development from bud to bloom, I would judge the blooming event at about 7 days away.


At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting your cereus details. I was/am searching for more info on "ideal climate and lighting" for a cereus. My mother has one in a pot on her front porch. One flower bloomed June 9. Another looks like it will open July 7. Then there are about 20 little buds...and I wonder, after reading some of your comments, if that's just too much for the plant to handle...should we thin out half of the blooms, for example? Anyway, thanks for your blog! I made a cereus page to keep neighbors informed up here in northern California:

Best to you, John at

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My potted cereus produced a beautiful blossom on 10 July, but it has failed to open. I fertilized with Epidelight on Monday. There are four other small buds in development. Any way to predict if these buds will flower?

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Bren said...

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At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After seeing your pictures, I wonder if you've ever had fruits on your epi oxypelatun?
I have many epyphillums growing and also pitayas. This time, for the first time I have put pollen from the pitaya on to the oxypelatum to see if I will generate fruit.

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing your photos. I was searching on cereus as I have a few plants. One of my plants has set fruit a couple of times.
Also agreed with your comments on hurricane reporting. What I would give to see one of those reporters with a 2x4 thru their head. :-)

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Robert Fovell said...

Anonymous: I have not ever had any fruit on my epi. However, that's not to say it shouldn't have produced something; I simply don't know. A neighbor recently gave me a spiny cactus that produces a very similar flower as my epi... and it seems to also be trying to fruit. So, the answer is... no good answer!

Bill: Is your fruiting plant's leaves the same as mine? I have seen very similar flowers growing from plants/leaves that look very different.

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the planting conditions for your night blooming cereus plant? I have a plant that looks exactly like yours. My Mother gave me her plant, which only bloomed once in her lifetime. It was pot-bound and kept on a porch in the summer and indoors in the winter.

What type of soil is best for it? What fertilizer is best? How often do you fertilize? How do you manage the "legginess" of the vine-like leaves? How often do you water it?

I would love to see the blooms again. Thanks so much.



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