The night blooming cereus is the most beautiful I have ever seen. The pictures are good but looking into the real bloom is awsome. I have kept one inside for years and it has never bloomed. I keep it in memory of my mother, who had it first. She called the horticulture teacher and myself to watch it open at 10:00 P.M.I will give it more attention now. Maybe I can get it to bloom. Thanks for reminding me.
Quoting: ... I have kept one inside for years and it has never bloomed. I keep it in memory of my mother, who had it first. ...Maybe I can get it to bloom...
kalecook, ask and you shall receive. lol I'm no expert. But, I can only share my own experience with others who have the same passion with growing these rare beauties. They're bit tender; they can't withstand frost. So I grow them in containers. And give them winter protection by moving them inside in late Fall. Only bring them back outdoor after danger of frost is past in the Spring. Best wishes to you. Yours is extra special for it does tie your treasured memories that you've shared with your mother.
Quoting: ... We have been putting it in the greenhouse over winter...does anyone know if we could plant it here?
Seems as if you've 50% of the problem solved. Though 8B is considerably 'warmer' than 7B (where I am). As I understand, according to the zonal hardiness. These exotic plants thrive on zones 10 and above. If I were you and wouldn't risk losing mine to possible frost.
All that being said, interestingly. I've a basket of tender perenials that I've forgotten outdoor this winter. In the basket. I've stuck a cutting of my Night Blooming Cereus. To my surprise, the basket didn't show any frost damage thus far. Either, because of the microclimate of where the basket is kept; it's sitting on the South facing front of my house, and is protected from the Northern winds, and harsh sun rays from the west. I surely keep my eyes on the weather, should there be temp. dropping below 20F. degrees. I'll haul that basket inside.
I just ran across this thread and wanted to give you a bit of info. Firstly, your plant is beautiful but incorrectly named.
The plant you have is actually Epiphyllum oxypetalum, not a Cereus cactus. My mother in law gave me one years ago and said it was Night Blooming Cereus. I was so tickled when it was ready to bloom, I called a bunch of friends to come and see. One of those friends was Dan Gill from LSU AG dept. He gave me the correct name for it and said it is very commonly incorrectly called a Cereus, which is a cactus with triangular stems and similar flowers.
As to being able to plant it out in your area, I would say no. I am in zone 9a and I did try it in the ground. Sadly, an 8 year old plant that was started from cuttings of the original and went into the ground on the south side of the house against the wall in the spring of 2011, died deader than a door nail that winter. Nothing came back from the roots. And it was covered with cloth and plastic. It just will not tolerate freezing temperatures for any length of time.
Mine has been out on my north facing back porch all winter, and is a little bronzed, but still doing just fine. I don't think it could be planted in the yard, but the porch is protected. It did bloom several blooms this year, but needs a little pruning now. Does anyone know if they like to be root bound?