Epiphyllum Queen of the Night

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The Epiphyllum Queen of the Night, scientifically known as Epiphyllum oxypetalum, is a captivating and enchanting flowering cactus known for its striking nocturnal blooms. Originating from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, this epiphytic plant grows naturally on trees, deriving moisture and nutrients from the air and debris around it.Characteristics:

Blooms: The most remarkable feature of the Queen of the Night is its large, fragrant white flowers that only bloom at night. These spectacular blooms can reach up to 10 inches in diameter and are known for their delicate, sweet scent. The flowers typically open after dusk and close by dawn, making their brief appearance a highly anticipated event.
  
Foliage: The plant has long, flat, and succulent stems that can grow several feet in length. These stems often have a slightly wavy or scalloped edge and can produce aerial roots.

Growth Habit: As an epiphyte, it can be grown in hanging baskets or mounted on supports, allowing its stems to cascade gracefully.

Care:

Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the stems, while too little light can hinder blooming.
  
Water: Requires regular watering during the growing season (spring to fall), allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Reduce watering in winter.

Soil: Thrives in a well-draining potting mix, such as a cactus or orchid mix, that mimics its natural epiphytic environment.

Humidity: Appreciates higher humidity levels but can tolerate normal household conditions.

Temperature: Prefers temperatures between 50-90°F (10-32°C). Protect from frost and extreme heat.

### Special Notes:

Blooming: The Queen of the Night's blooms are often a social event among plant enthusiasts, as the flowers' fleeting beauty is a sight to behold. Some even host "flower-watching" parties to celebrate this rare occurrence.

Propagation: Easily propagated from stem cuttings, which can be rooted in soil or water.

The Epiphyllum Queen of the Night is a stunning addition to any plant collection, offering a unique and ephemeral beauty that captivates all who witness its nighttime display.

Available in the following packaging based on your preference:

  • Nursery Pot - Standard plastic 4-inch or 6-inch planter pot that can be placed inside a larger pot or left as is until it outgrows it.

Looking for more plant goodies? Check out our accessories.

For added humidity, our Lyfe Rose Gold Signature Mister will make a perfect addition to your plant shelf for both function and beauty. We also recommend adding our Plant Shield & Shine to your order for routine maintenance and pest prevention.  

Our plants are shipped from our indoor greenhouse in South Florida. Please note all our plants are one of a kind and if you want to message us we can send you a picture of the exact one you will receive. The product image here is intended to be the best representation of what you can expect to receive but yours may have slightly less or more growth depending on the crop we have when your order is placed. Any lifestyle pictures are meant to demonstrate how a fully grown or more mature plant looks for you to get a sense of it in your space.

About the Plant
Botanical Name
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum
Common Names
Queen of the Night, orchid cactus
Plant Type
Succulent, cactus, shrubby bushy
Mature Size
6 inch tall but can spread 2 to 3 foot
Sun Exposure
Part Sun
Soil Type
Loamy, moist but well draining, not super drought tolerant
Soil pH
Acidic
Bloom Time
Late summer or fall.
Flower Color
Pale yellow or white
Hardiness Zones
Zone 10-12 outdoors; may grow indoors in containers with enough light
Native Area
Americas
Pet Friendly / Toxicity
Pet Safe, Non-Toxic
Shipping & Returns

All our plants ship exclusively with UPS to ensure they arrive timely and in good condition. We ship most of our plants Mondays & Tuesdays to most of the USA to ensure they arrive speedy to your location. If you order on a Tuesday after 12 PM ET it is possible that we would not ship it till the following Monday.

We monitior the weather in each destination location to maximize the shipping time and utilize thermal protection to ensure that the plant is protected. You can add a heatpack or thermal bag to your order if temperatures at night fall below 40 degrees.

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