Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &
Night blooming cereus &

Get ready for a sensational desert experience with the night-blooming cereus, also known as Peniocereus greggii, a stunning species of the Peniocereus genus. This member of the cacti family boasts some seriously unique blossoms that will blow your mind! With its thin stems and cylindrical upper sprouts, this plant is one-of-a-kind. 

Let's talk about the night-blooming cactus flowers - they only bloom once a year in late June or early July, so you better mark your calendars! These fragrant beauties are massive, measuring up to six to eight inches long and three inches wide. The night-blooming cereus is a climbing cactus that grows quickly and reaches a maximum height of 10 feet. And don't even get us started on their heavenly vanilla scent - it's like walking into a bakery on cloud nine!  

Sadly though, this is an endangered species, it's not just natural predators that threaten the night-blooming cereus; habitat loss and development also pose serious risks to these incredible plants. So, let's all do our part to keep these stunning blooms thriving for years to come! 

The night-blooming cereus is one of the many plant species that people mostly confuse with the common name "Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum). These are the two plants with comparable traits but different scientific names, so not all plants that are referred to as "Queen of the night" are night-blooming cereus. 

Watering Needs 

The most important thing to remember when caring for night blooming cactus is to make sure it gets enough sunlight and doesn't get overwatered.  Watering the night-blooming cereus should be done typically like other cacti, allowing the soil to almost completely dry out between waterings. 

Overwatering can lead to root rot and damage to the plant.  During the summer, you should water your cacti once or twice a month when the soil is dry to the touch about 1-2 inches deep.  During the winter you probably do not need to water them at all. 

Light Requirements 

Providing enough light for these desert cacti is one of the most important aspects of their care. It is important to grow night-blooming cereus in areas that receive at least 4-6 hours of bright, direct light every day to keep them happy. Learn to adjust your Peniocereus gregii to avoid burns if the location where you have the plant is exposed to a lot of sunlight.  

If indoors, place your cactus directly in front of a west- or south-facing window. If they don't receive enough light, their stems may grow leggy and become paler and their spines will shorten; so, make your cactus happy and give it plenty of light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizers Need 

The night-blooming cereus cactus likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5. Cacti require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy wet soil can damage your cactus and contributes to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

 As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

Ideally, you should look for an organic fertilizer with an approximate blend of 5-10-15 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen. The best choice is to use an organic fertilizer as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the night-blooming cereus thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings. If you live in USDA regions 9 to 10, you can also grow these cacti outdoors year-round, but they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, so you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions.  

Keep your night-blooming cactus away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing it indoors in a cold climate. 

Be sure to add night-blooming cereus- Peniocereus greggii to your home or garden and enjoy its low maintenance care, while admiring its impressive display year after year. 

Pest & Common Problems of Night-blooming Cereus

Mealybugs are the most common pest concern for this plant. Aphids, scales, and mites are also potential threats. However, they are frequently less prone to insect infestations, especially when grown indoors.   

A problem with night flowering cereus could be root rot. The main signs of this disease, which can ultimately result in plant death, include stem collapse, yellow lower leaves, stunted or softened growth, and lower leaf coloration. To avoid contracting this disease, don't overwater your plant.  

Overwatering can also leave a plant base that is dark and decomposing. Cuttings must be taken out and propagated in order to save the remaining parts of plants whose trunks have rotted away. 

FAQs - Night-blooming Cereus Plant

How often does a night-blooming cereus bloom? 

The night-blooming cereus only produces blooms once a year, usually in the summer. Due to its distinctive blooming pattern, collectors and enthusiasts prize this plant highly. 

Is it difficult to grow a night-blooming cactus? 

Not at all! Your night-blooming cereus will be simple to look after as long as you follow the guidelines provided in this guide. Make sure to do some research on the species and variety you decide on, though.  If you can give this kind of cactus the proper attention and environment, you might even be lucky enough to see it bloom! 

Is night-blooming cereus indoor or outdoor? 

The night-blooming cereus can be grown both indoors and outdoors but requires specific care and attention to thrive in either environment. If grown indoors, it should be placed near a window with bright, indirect light, while outdoor plants should be protected from direct sunlight and cold temperatures. With proper care, this plant can produce beautiful flowers for years to come.  

How fast does night-blooming cereus grow? 

Night-blooming cereus plants have a very quick growth rate and can grow up to 10 feet tall in just a few years. Once it starts blooming, the plant should produce enough buds to open for several weeks. Normally, it takes two to three years before it starts to produce blooms, but when it does, they are magnificent. Their growth rate, however, may vary depending on the conditions under which they are grown, such as the amount of sunlight and water they receive. 

What time of year does a night-blooming cactus bloom? 

The night-blooming cereus typically has the appearance of a half-dead vine, but every year in June, it puts on an incredible display of fragrant white blossoms! This spectacular sight begins just after dusk and typically ends at midnight. Remember that the night-blooming Cereus will not bloom until it is four or five years old and that, at first, it will only produce a few flowers. With age, the plant will produce more blooms on a regular basis. The flower is stunning, measuring about 7 inches (18 cm), and it emits a lovely scent. 

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Get ready for a sensational desert experience with the night-blooming cereus, also known as Peniocereus greggii, a stunning species of the Peniocereus genus. This member of the cacti family boasts some seriously unique blossoms that will blow your mind! With its thin stems and cylindrical upper sprouts, this plant is one-of-a-kind. 

Let's talk about the night-blooming cactus flowers - they only bloom once a year in late June or early July, so you better mark your calendars! These fragrant beauties are massive, measuring up to six to eight inches long and three inches wide. The night-blooming cereus is a climbing cactus that grows quickly and reaches a maximum height of 10 feet. And don't even get us started on their heavenly vanilla scent - it's like walking into a bakery on cloud nine!  

Sadly though, this is an endangered species, it's not just natural predators that threaten the night-blooming cereus; habitat loss and development also pose serious risks to these incredible plants. So, let's all do our part to keep these stunning blooms thriving for years to come! 

The night-blooming cereus is one of the many plant species that people mostly confuse with the common name "Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum). These are the two plants with comparable traits but different scientific names, so not all plants that are referred to as "Queen of the night" are night-blooming cereus. 

Watering Needs 

The most important thing to remember when caring for night blooming cactus is to make sure it gets enough sunlight and doesn't get overwatered.  Watering the night-blooming cereus should be done typically like other cacti, allowing the soil to almost completely dry out between waterings. 

Overwatering can lead to root rot and damage to the plant.  During the summer, you should water your cacti once or twice a month when the soil is dry to the touch about 1-2 inches deep.  During the winter you probably do not need to water them at all. 

Light Requirements 

Providing enough light for these desert cacti is one of the most important aspects of their care. It is important to grow night-blooming cereus in areas that receive at least 4-6 hours of bright, direct light every day to keep them happy. Learn to adjust your Peniocereus gregii to avoid burns if the location where you have the plant is exposed to a lot of sunlight.  

If indoors, place your cactus directly in front of a west- or south-facing window. If they don't receive enough light, their stems may grow leggy and become paler and their spines will shorten; so, make your cactus happy and give it plenty of light. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizers Need 

The night-blooming cereus cactus likes very airy, porous, nutrient-rich soil with a pH of 5.5- 6.5. Cacti require fast-draining soil that dries completely between waterings. Your soil must have a sandy texture and a low water-holding capacity, just like desert soil.  Soggy wet soil can damage your cactus and contributes to bacterial and fungal rot. In addition, because of a lack of oxygen, soggy soil substitutes air pockets with water, resulting in an anaerobic environment that can kill your plant. 

 As an alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. Ideally, you want to use our specialized potting mix that contains organic mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your cactus to thrive. 

Ideally, you should look for an organic fertilizer with an approximate blend of 5-10-15 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen. The best choice is to use an organic fertilizer as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption. 

Hardiness Zones & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the night-blooming cereus thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings. If you live in USDA regions 9 to 10, you can also grow these cacti outdoors year-round, but they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, so you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions.  

Keep your night-blooming cactus away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing it indoors in a cold climate. 

Be sure to add night-blooming cereus- Peniocereus greggii to your home or garden and enjoy its low maintenance care, while admiring its impressive display year after year. 

Pest & Common Problems of Night-blooming Cereus

Mealybugs are the most common pest concern for this plant. Aphids, scales, and mites are also potential threats. However, they are frequently less prone to insect infestations, especially when grown indoors.   

A problem with night flowering cereus could be root rot. The main signs of this disease, which can ultimately result in plant death, include stem collapse, yellow lower leaves, stunted or softened growth, and lower leaf coloration. To avoid contracting this disease, don't overwater your plant.  

Overwatering can also leave a plant base that is dark and decomposing. Cuttings must be taken out and propagated in order to save the remaining parts of plants whose trunks have rotted away. 

FAQs - Night-blooming Cereus Plant

How often does a night-blooming cereus bloom? 

The night-blooming cereus only produces blooms once a year, usually in the summer. Due to its distinctive blooming pattern, collectors and enthusiasts prize this plant highly. 

Is it difficult to grow a night-blooming cactus? 

Not at all! Your night-blooming cereus will be simple to look after as long as you follow the guidelines provided in this guide. Make sure to do some research on the species and variety you decide on, though.  If you can give this kind of cactus the proper attention and environment, you might even be lucky enough to see it bloom! 

Is night-blooming cereus indoor or outdoor? 

The night-blooming cereus can be grown both indoors and outdoors but requires specific care and attention to thrive in either environment. If grown indoors, it should be placed near a window with bright, indirect light, while outdoor plants should be protected from direct sunlight and cold temperatures. With proper care, this plant can produce beautiful flowers for years to come.  

How fast does night-blooming cereus grow? 

Night-blooming cereus plants have a very quick growth rate and can grow up to 10 feet tall in just a few years. Once it starts blooming, the plant should produce enough buds to open for several weeks. Normally, it takes two to three years before it starts to produce blooms, but when it does, they are magnificent. Their growth rate, however, may vary depending on the conditions under which they are grown, such as the amount of sunlight and water they receive. 

What time of year does a night-blooming cactus bloom? 

The night-blooming cereus typically has the appearance of a half-dead vine, but every year in June, it puts on an incredible display of fragrant white blossoms! This spectacular sight begins just after dusk and typically ends at midnight. Remember that the night-blooming Cereus will not bloom until it is four or five years old and that, at first, it will only produce a few flowers. With age, the plant will produce more blooms on a regular basis. The flower is stunning, measuring about 7 inches (18 cm), and it emits a lovely scent. 

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