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ilvlcy37
May 26, 2018 6:28 AM CST
Hi - I have a night blooming cactus - Cereus Repandus. has 3 buds on it. 2 of them opened up beautifully the night before last then closed up yesterday morning like normal. They did not open up last night however. Do they only open/bloom once per bud then die off or will they open night after night for a few days? Thank you
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DaisyI
May 26, 2018 10:35 AM CST
Just one night and then they are gone. Sighing!
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Yes, the beautiful blooms of Peruvian Apple (Cereus repandus) only last one night.
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ilvlcy37
May 26, 2018 12:29 PM CST
Thank you both for your responses! Sighing! is right! So sad only one bloom night per bud! So beautiful! Thanks again!
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plantmanager
May 26, 2018 12:30 PM CST
At least you saw it and got pics. Some people miss them.
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 12:38 PM CST
The flowers are fragrant too ... for attracting night pollinators. We had a large plant at our old house and although I've never been fond of thorny, spiny plants, I loved those blooms!
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ilvlcy37
May 26, 2018 2:02 PM CST
One more question if I may!?!? Smiling I got this to put in the ground in my front yard but I've been reading about these on google and it seems everyone talks about keeping it in a pot, and it does better in a pot, and its a perfect plant for a pot, etc., etc. Any thoughts on this??? Confused Thanks so much!
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 2:11 PM CST
In nature, they grow in the ground so I think it would be fine planted in the garden, as long as it receives the required amount of light and water. They are low maintenance and hardy Cactus as long as they are in a well draining medium and don't get over watered.

Since you are in Phoenix area, this page about growing Cereus repandus in Tucson, Phoenix and California might offer some tips: http://gardenoracle.com/images...
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Baja_Costero
May 26, 2018 2:23 PM CST
Like most trees, they do much better in the ground, if your climate allows that. The roots are rather substantial and they will fan out in all directions if given the opportunity. A landscape plant should branch and grow more, and be more tolerant of drought, compared to a plant in a pot. It may also make more fruit (which by the way is delicious).

Phoenix, AZ
ilvlcy37
May 26, 2018 2:37 PM CST
Thank you so much! I will definitely read article too! I am so glad i found this site! Thanks again! Big Grin
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plantmanager
May 26, 2018 2:39 PM CST
Those are in the ground all over our north Scottsdale neighborhood. I'd say plant it if you have a good area for it. Make sure it's got a little wind protection if you're in a windy area.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 2:46 PM CST
When we had a Cereus repandus at our old house, I never got a chance to taste it but as Baja_Costero mentioned, I've heard that it is delicious!
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Phoenix, AZ
ilvlcy37
May 26, 2018 2:54 PM CST
WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!!! I cant wait! Thank you all again! I really appreciate everyone's help! Smiling Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Green Grin! Thumbs up Thank You!
Name: Lin Vosbury
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plantladylin
May 26, 2018 2:56 PM CST
You are very welcome ... you have a beautiful plant! Lovey dubby
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