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Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxpetalum), also known as Cactus Orchid or Queen of the Night, is an unusual type of orchid cactus with smooth scalloped floppy leaves and pencil like stems. Mature plants (3-4 years old) given enough light will produce multiple spectacular beautiful and incredibly fragrant blooms which open at night and then die. My mother's NBC grew inside to an astonishing height and required support. When it bloomed she would throw an impromptu party so friends could enjoy the exquisite beauty and fragrance. I've seen widely differing recommendations on watering. It will tolerate sparse watering, especially during the winter months, but if the leaves start to look withering, please water. Looks great in a large pot when mature or in a hanging basket. I've also seen multiple shoots grown up a central support as a "standard" with the leaves allowed to drape and flowers to form along the leaves. In its natural habitat it is pollinated at night by bats. But you can hand pollinate multiple blooms and possibly achieve fruit. If grown inside, it will be happiest given 6 hours of bright indirect light - a south facing window is perfect. Happiest in temps of 60F and no hotter than 90F. Since it prefers to be a little "pot bound" don't pot up too often once you have achieved the size you want. You will get one starter plant in a 5" nursery pot. This is a relatively fast growing plant that is easy to propagate from cuttings so you can grow your NBC garden in no time. Please select priority mail or pick up only, as plants must be shipped quickly.
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