Night Blooming Cactus

One of the things that amazed me most when we first drove up to Palmira, where our farm and new house are located, was the rows of pipe cactus along the road.  Here were palm trees, pine trees, cactus, orange trees, and coffee all growing together!!  It’s just a small part of the amazing variety of plants and trees that flourish in the rich volcanic soil at our altitude and moderate temperature.

These beautiful cactus are blooming now at the end of the dry season and the blooms are spectacular – 7″ long and 5″ across.  They only bloom at night and by sunrise the flower is already drooping and dying.  My daughter, the naturalist, tells me that like most night blooming plants the flowers are white to attract bats and moths who pollinate.

I thought you would enjoy seeing some pictures of these cactus in our yard.

4 thoughts on “Night Blooming Cactus

  1. I have this same cactus in my back yard. I live in Tucson, planted it when it was 2′ tall. It is about 8 years later, the cactus is now about 20’tall but has only bloomed 2X. The past two years nothing. Is it suppose to bloom each year?

  2. Yes, it should bloom every year. I live in Ky. My cactus was started as a 3″ , 99 cent plant from Kmart in the 70s. Because it must remain in a 18′ clay pot, and winter indoors, it is only 8′. I feed it rarely, and move it outside in May. It is in a due south door in winter, then just outside in the spring-fall.I make sure to water it thoroughly, allow it to dry completely. To make sure it is not dehydrated, press on the flesh, one finger on each side. The thickness will help you determine whether it needs more water. I use room temperature rainwater to water it. It has bloomed as early as July, and as late as November, but it typically blooms in Aug. and Sept. Let me know if I can help you determine why you haven’t had many blooming seasons.

  3. hi can anyone tell me the name of this cactus plant??
    i have one growing here in Western Australia thanx colin

  4. Mine blooms every year – usually when I am not home, just to spite me I think. It is blooming tonight in Texas. The man who gave me a cutting from his plant said it came from Australia. I would love to know the name as well.

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