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MyCameron2
Apr 25, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Trying to figure out staking and pruning night blooming cereus
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DaisyI
Apr 25, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Welcome!

There is more than one plant with the common name 'Night Blooming Cereus'. Which one are you referring to? If you don't know, please include a photo.

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MyCameron2
Apr 25, 2017 1:14 PM CST
Don't know type . North East use
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plantladylin
Apr 27, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Hi MyCameron2, Welcome!

One that I know of with a common name of Night Blooming Cereus is Dragon Fruit (Hylocereus undatus)

Here are a few others: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

I used to have a large Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) that some also referred to as Night Blooming Cereus. It is a night bloomer and the flowers look similar to those of Hylocereus but it's actually a different type of cactus entirely.

Many people use metal trellises for large cactus like these. I used panty hose cut into strips to tie my plants to trellises; gentle fabric that stretches and does not cut into the plants tissue. As for pruning, you can just cut the stems but lay them out for 24 to 48 hours or longer so that the cut end callouses over and then pot them up in a well draining soil and place them in bright light. I'm not sure how long it will take them to form roots but after a few weeks if you give them a gentle tug and feel resistance, chances are they have formed roots.

Good luck with your Cactus and I hope you get many blooms and fruit!
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purpleinopp
Apr 28, 2017 8:59 AM CST
The WIKI article about the nickname "night blooming Cereus" is a good one:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Baja_Costero
Apr 28, 2017 1:30 PM CST
You can get a ballpark idea of your plant's name by looking at the stem. Is it flat (2-sided)? Epiphyllum. Is it triangular (3-sided)? Hylocereus (dragonfruit). Does it have more sides? Other options. The term "night blooming cereus" is not specific to one plant.
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ctcarol
Apr 28, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Are we forgetting the desert one that grows like a tree?
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DaisyI
Apr 28, 2017 10:50 PM CST
That's the one I was thinking of. They need staking sometimes. Smiling
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purpleinopp
Apr 29, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Once it is known which plant is being questioned, specific anecdotes can be offered.
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Apr 29, 2017 8:56 AM CST

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