- The vampires? favorite! Nightly blossoming until sunrise
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 40 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- The Queen of the Night has its natural habitat in Mexico, the Caribbean and in the Southeast of the USA. Naturally, it u
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SAFLAX - Queen of the Night - Selenicerus grandiflorus - 40 seeds - With potting substrate for better cultivation
The vampires? favorite! Nightly blossoming until sunrise
With germfree and permeable potting substrate based on coconut fiber for suceessful cultivation.
During blossoming in spring and midsummer, the plant develops at dawn its up to 30 cm big blossoms with an outer yellowish colouring and a creme-white colour inside. At midnight the vanilla flavoured flowers have usually reached maximum size and will be already faded by dawn. The most important thing to do for the grower is, therefore, to seize the right night. The snake-like shape of the Selenicereus grandiflorus with about 2,5 cm diameter needs a climbing aid since the sprouts grow rather fast and ramify greatly. The bigger and older the plant grows, the more blossoms it produces consecutively.
Natural Location: The Queen of the Night has its natural habitat in Mexico, the Caribbean and in the Southeast of the USA. Naturally, it uses sheer rock walls or branches of trees as climbing aids for its long sprouts, where its aerial roots can get a grip.
Cultivation: Seed propagation indoors is possible throughout the year. Spread the seeds onto finely sieved potting compost or cactus earth that contains about 25% sand and is moistened with a water vaporizer. For a light germinator you don't need to put any potting earth on top. Cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out, but don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth - preferably with a water sprayer - moist, but not wet. The first seedlings will come up after one or two weeks.
Place: A half-shaded place would be ideal. Water the plant slightly more than other cactus plants, and ideally spray the plant on warm and sunny days. During summer, you can also move your Queen of the Night to a somewhat sheltered place outdoors, but only after a short acclimatisation period of a few days.
Care: Water the plant once a week during the growth period, but avoid waterlogging in pot and saucer since that will cause the roots to rot. From March until July, you should give a weak dosage of fluid fertilizer for cactus plants every three weeks. After one year, you can shift the plant into common cactus soil. Further repotting can be done during spring every three to four years, when the roots have penetrated the earth in the old pot.
During Winter: The Queen of the Night should hibernate in a rather bright place with a temperature between 8° C and 12° Celsius. Don't keep it near a heater since that would disturb the hibernation and ultimately affect next years blossoming as well. Water the plant during winter only every three to four weeks.
Bonsai ability: No
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