Regal and cascading, the Epiphyllum oxypetalum is a tree-dwelling epiphytic cactus and a favorite among plant lovers for its huge, elegant, night blooming white flowers. These blossoms often begin in late spring then produce several crops throughout the growing season. Though the plant is a prolific producer of the blossoms, they don’t last long. Watch them emerge and fully bloom by midnight, then wilt by dawn.
Epiphyllum oxypetalum is native to Mexico and Guatemala, but can be found in widespread cultivation around the world.
Epiphyllum oxypetalum thrive in direct sunlight. Provide southern exposure as much as possible. However, when it’s hot, these plants prefer partial shade at peak hours. The diffused light of a screen door or sheer curtain will imitate the dappled sunlight of a forest canopy. A little extra sunlight in early spring may inspire extra budding come summer.
Native to the rainforest, the night bloomer plant likes a little more water than other members of the cactus family. During the summer growing season, water regularly to promote healthy growth and blooms. Epiphyllum oxypetalum’s succulent leaves retain plenty of moisture, so it will be fine if not watered for a bit. In the winter, let the soil dry between waterings.
The Epiphyllum grows and blooms best when somewhat rootbound. Repot every two or three years, moving it to a pot just 2 inches wider. Dramatic flowers up to 8 inches in length may bloom in late summer or fall. They have a sweet scent, and only bloom at night. Fertilize: Fertilization during spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer up until flowers stop blooming in the fall. Apply monthly. Do not fertilize in late fall or winter.
Approx. 8" tall with leaves 2" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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