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Re: night blooming cereus

Thanks Marge for the info, although it wasn't what I'd hoped.  Rich in Z-5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 12:47 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] night blooming cereus

> Well, I'm so glad you-all have enjoyed those pix...thanks!'
> Richard, they don't tolerate temperatures below 35F without damage,
> so would be a houseplant for you, as it is for me...it just lives
> outside on the deck in summer.
> I am jealous, Lynda, of all the blooms you get on yours, but think I
> have discovered 2 reasons why mine has not produced many over the
> years - the first being that I've been cutting back the new growth to
> control size and the 2nd being that I haven't watered it enough in
> summer - thinking it was a cactus, it didn't dawn on me that it
> wanted water:-)  I have found that they really like water in summer
> and think our incredible rain this year is what has encouraged mine
> to be more generous with flowers.
> Now, a friend who grows them said they flower on new growth, but this
> web site says old growth...what do you find, Lynda?  Frankly, I've
> never been able to tell on my plants.
> http://www.washjeff.edu/greenhouse/Eoxypetalum/#culture
> This site will also show everyone who has not seen one of these what
> the plant looks like - I note that the photos show neat staking -
> think I shall have to do this as unstaked the stems go everywhere
> like a Medusa, which is why I've always whacked the longest and most
> unruly ones off when bringing it in for winter - so I could get the
> dad blamed thing back in the house!
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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