SoS: Absolutely AMAZING – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

I had planned a different six for this week, but as I wandered around the garden looking for suitable plants to feature I realised my Queen of the Night Orchid Cactus was about to flower. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this plant, they only flower at night and have the most magnificent flowers and an amazing scent!

My six this Saturday follows the flowers’ progress over the space of a couple of hours starting at around dusk to midnight. This morning the flowers have closed and will then die.

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Orchid Cactus or Queen of the Night, Epiphyllum
Orchid Cactus or Queen of the Night, Epiphyllum

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Orchid Cactus or Queen of the Night, Epiphyllum
Orchid Cactus or Queen of the Night, Epiphyllum

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Queen of the Night - Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum
Queen of the Night – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

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Queen of the Night - Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum
Queen of the Night – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

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Queen of the Night - Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum
Queen of the Night – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

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Queen of the Night - Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum
Queen of the Night – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

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I still don’t know why the leaves are turning pink. Does anyone else have a cactus orchid and if so, do you have the same issue?

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19 thoughts on “SoS: Absolutely AMAZING – Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

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  1. Beautiful flower. I have a few Epis and I love their flamboyant flowers. The reddish leaves are a sign of stress, probably means they are getting a bit sunburnt. But I have found this triggers flowering. I gave one to a friend and after a few years it is enormous and very green and healthy, but never blooms. I din’t think it gets enough sun. I have a prickly Selinocereus ‘Queen of the Night’ which is just about to open its first ever bloom. Oh the excitement.

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    1. Interesting you mention too much sun. the leaves that are in full shade are green.

      I hope you will share a picture of your prickly Selinocereus โ€˜Queen of the Night when it flowers! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Rewind, I’ve just visited your blog and see you have. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Mine turned pink from a bit of chill over winter. They can get tan and roasted if too exposed to sunlight. It is difficult to say why yours are so uniformly pink so late in the season. I have noticed though that mine bloom better if slightly distressed. The healthiest and greenest plants do not bloom so well. If you fertilize it, you should probably do so after bloom, but soon after bloom, both so that any shock does not affect subsequent bloom, and also so it has the most time possible to recover and grow before the next bloom cycle. If growing too actively next time around, it may now want to bloom so well. Also, it does not want too much fertilizer.
    One of my small specimens just finished with a single bloom, but was a disappointment. It opened weakly for one night, and was already sagging by the second night. There was no fragrance. Another larger but – but still rather small – specimen (that was originally a matched pair to the smaller specimen that just bloomed) has at least five fattening floral buds on it. I hope it blooms better. There is also a cutting of a red one out there, with two big buds on it.

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