Selenicereus grandiflorus, commonly known as Night-Blooming Cereus, is a stunning cactus species admired for its fragrant and ephemeral night-blooming flowers. As its name suggests, this beauty blooms in the late evening and closes by dawn. Flowers can appear sporadically throughout the warmer months.
It's normal to observe ariel roots (roots that grow above the soil) dangling along the stems. These roots serve various functions, including providing additional support as the plant climbs, absorbing moisture from the air, and aiding in nutrient uptake. In their natural habitat, ariel roots can attach to trees or other surfaces, allowing the plant to climb and reach greater heights.
- Does best with ample light- aim for consistently bright, indirect light
- Moderate humidity is appreciated but not essential.
- Allow the soil to nearly dry out before watering, then give it a thorough drink.
- Avoid overwatering and ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil, which can quickly lead to root rot.
- During winter, reduce the watering frequency to mimic its dormant period. During this time, you can keep the plant in a cooler location but avoid frost.
- As temperatures rise and daylight hours increase in the spring, the plant typically emerges from its dormant state and resumes active growth. At this time, gradually increase watering as the plant shows signs of new growth.