The question arose, of the duration it takes form budding to full blooms. I recently noticed my QOTN sent out new buds. So I'll post this here to share my experience. Here are a few buds that was seen roughly 4-5 days ago. I'll post more pics. as the buds turn bigger, and bigger until they become full bloom.
I have found that some of the buds seem to mature quicker than others. Then after they do their "turning upward" that takes several days. If I can manage to stay around for a full cycle next year, I hope to track their progress. I am OCD about these things and in the summer, I check them almost every day to see if they have buds! This was early last month and we had three nights of blooms I missed the previous blooms in July.
Hello JeanK, I agreed, I've observed the same thing, once they do the upward turn, then it's not too long before the bud fully open. I've one other pot of QOTN in the back yard. That one has about a dozen buds as the one I posted above. I'll keep everyone posted.
I experienced the same thing this summer. The buds seemed "skinnier" than I remembered but it seemed that the day they were to open that night, you could almost see them swelling and the ends showing white. Amazing!
And here they are at 4:32 p.m. As you can see, the buds are very plump and are showing white. I wish we had time lapse photography to show how these things "plump up" during the course of one day! Absolutely amazing!
time lapse photography would be awesome on 1 of these jeank. What a great idea. I just came in from checking on mine and now 4 of them have buds. 2 should bloom within the next 3 or 4 days and the others are just starting.
Lily I was way off on my bloom time. Must have been something else.
Linda, I start watching these when they are only about the size of a pinhead! Sometimes they blast and sometimes they become a leaf, however, I am so OCD about these things that during the summer when I am home, they get the once-over just about every day!
I am too, Jeank. I had a really nice collection a couple of years ago and then had some medical issues so the ones I have left are true survivors and will be pampered this winter in my greenhouse. I really need to trim some and replant others. I'll add that to Monday's list.
Lisa, JeanK there is a co. that makes camera for time lapse setting I think. Technology now- a-day is something else! Here is my bud today. Apparently it has a little way to go before it's fully open. :)
My epie Something Wonderful seems to have a bud forming. Lily, I'm keeping a close eye on your thread to see how long from buds to blooms. It's been 1 1/2 years since I started my epie cuttings, and I need some gratification LOL.
Well, thanks all for following the thread. As stated above, the buds must have first appeared on Sept. 15th or so. It may just play out until a complete 4 weeks? It is not going to be tonight. I checked, and they're still very tight looking. No sign of the inner petals showing through yet. I'll show their progress again in the morning. Hope those are bud forming for your Annette. They're so exciting, like Jean said, it's like waiting for a baby to arrive. lol
So pretty. Mine tried to open even in the rain. It didn't make it though. Still waiting on some others to open. I have 1 that I thought for sure was an oxypetalum, but it now has a "red" bud. I can't wait to see what it is.
Beautiful!!!!! You can't describe the fragrance, but once you've smelled them, you're intoxicated! When we had three nights of blooms this summer, the fragrance lingered in the sunroom (that is if I didn't open the door too much!) for about a day and it was wonderful. Do you have any more buds?
One more chance to view a miracle! BTW, a couple of years ago, I cut two flowers off when they were fully open and put them into a plastic container with a tight top and set them in the refrigerator. I happened to be having neighbors in for lunch the next day, so brought them out and used them on the two tables. They don't last too long in water, but they lasted through lunch!
That's a great tip. Thanks Jeank. I was busy last evening and missed out on the last two blooms. Well, to conclude the thread. How long does it take from buds to flowers? One MONTH, roughly. I hope everyone has enjoyed the journey with me. It's time for Fall clean up, and maybe I'll try to take some cuttings of these beautiful sprawling plant and make it more tidy for next year show.
Thank you Jean, I hope everyone has enjoyed. I has a friend that came by and said, my cereus just 'sits' there for couple of years... I asked her how she cares for her. Her reply was she kept it indoor all year round. I took her around my garden. Show her how I kept mine under canope shade. And that's where these epi. flourishes. Oh yes, and keep it on the dried side. Avoid standing water.
Since mine are so big, I keep them in the sunroom, but it is all glass. Some of the leaves even get sunburned! My cousin has one that hasn't bloomed either. I told her to quit repotting it as I do know they like to be rootbound. I also have some Christmas cactus, and they are beginning to bud now. When we lived in Illinois, they bloomed at Christmas, however, since moving they have always bloomed earlier. Apparently they set buds according to the natural light that they get.
I must say I have really enjoyed this thread. I am now waiting on 3 buds. I had a red one ( noid) but the rain knocked it off and a white (oxypetalum) that tried to open during a heavy rain. Now there are 3 left and i cannot wait for them to open. I am re- potting mine so that i can trim them up and get them ready for winter. I don't have that much space in the greenhouse this year. Besides a couple of them are close to 5 feet in diameter. If anyone wants oxypetalum cuttings, let me know.
Hah, hubby and I are working our fingers to the bones trying to get ready for winter here too. Happy gardening Linda, Jean. 'Til next season of blooms. Take good care. Thank you all for your participation on this thread.
Just brought in our agapanthus and sangria crinums today, which finishes us up for the winter. Have been potting up some epis that needed repotting for a long time. Now the sunroom looks like a jungle.
After we get to FL we will have to bring in our epi along with a bunch of nuns orchids which we repotted last spring. Last winter we had very few nuns orchid blooms due to the fact that we had two cold spells before we got there and I thought I had lost them -- leaves were black, however, bulbs were still firm.
Jean, I too have some Nun Orchids, apparently we do like/enjoy many similar exotic plants. Those Nun Orchids are quite tough. I'm thinking of trying to to plant them outdoor in my zone, and test their winter resistance here.
Don't know how cold your winters get, but know that a frost in Central FL turned the leaves of mine black. You would probably have to cover them in the event of frost, but as you know -- we like to experiment. The picture was taken several years ago.
I killed two of them in AR before buying one in FL with two spikes on it, then taking it outside in the shade for the summer. This is the one that I divided this spring and got enough bulbs for 12 pots, and after repotting 10 of them, gave the other two to the neighbor as I was exhausted from repotting! You can also cut off the spent spikes and wrap them up in damp spaghnum moss and if you're lucky, you will get new plants.
Well, I turned 1 of my cacti because the rains were torrential and what do ya know? The bud fell off anyway. I have 1 bud left. maybe tonight it will open. I will post pics if it does.
I trimmed some dragon fruit hylocereus undatus, ( vietnamese red and purple star,) if you want cuttings, send me a dmail and I will be happy to share.
It finally bloomed! after having 5 buds at once and 4 falling prey to the rain, the last one bloomed this morning. I crashed late last night and was just lucky to see it in all it's glory this morning. I will post pics as soon as I get them downloaded. This 1 wasn't fragrant for some reason. It looks like an oxypetalum, but I wonder if maybe it really isn't something else.
After missing five earlier blooms earlier this summer, I have two Queens and two Strictums getting ready to open. I hope I'm more vigilant and catch these when they open. All my plants are showing nice new growth and looking very healthy. It's time to take inventory of what I have.
Tonight I got to see 5 Oxypetallum blooms and the smell was unbelievable. I missed 7 last night. My strictum will be in bloom in a few days and it s full of buds I put three plants up in the grapevine and they have boomed several times this summer.
torriesmom, these plants grow well with indrect sunlight. I'm glad you've enjoyed the photos. A couple of days ago, I discovered another halfe a dozen newly formed buds. Here is one. In roughly 4 weeks to full flower.
Hi Lily, Love the pictures. I am not getting many blooms this year, I can't think of anything I have done different. Four of my big NBC plants that usually have dozens of blooms each haven't set a bud. We are starting to get cold here at night and I have maybe 8 buds a couple of weeks from bloom, they may end up blooming in the GH.
Hi Betty, those are lovely! I've one mature pot that bloomed twice so far this year. Just found out one single bud is forming yesterday afternoon working out in the garden. That make the same plant blooms x3 this season! I think the recent cool snap triggered the flowering process. I'm glad to see you posting.
Thanks Betty for thinking about us. Our family ride out the storm... somehow, and I'm forever so thankful. Hope you and yours are doing well. Jim and I talk about you and family often. We always cherish the fond memory of visiting your lovely home and garden.
Ah, here is it. The NBC bud, and the starfish's buds. The Starfish blooms off and on all summer onto present. Oh yes, we do keep these blooms down wind and away. ^_^