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PlantFiles: Costa Rican Night Blooming Cactus
Hylocereus costaricensis

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylocereus (hy-loh-KER-ee-us) (Info)
Species: costaricensis (kos-tah-ree-KEN-sis) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Vines and Climbers
Cactus and Succulents
Epiphytes

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive CostaRica On Oct 21, 2009, CostaRica from Guayabo de Bagaces, Guanacaste
Costa Rica (Zone 10b) wrote:

We have this plant growing on top of a rock wall. Very interesting to watch the development of the bloom.The blooms start to open here about 8pm
Fruit is delicious! Never watered or fed even during prolonged dry season.
Not: the bloom only lasts 8-9 hours not a few day as noted in a post.

Positive 2ndChance On Jun 9, 2008, 2ndChance from Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cactus grows great in full blazing sun with little to no water. Triangular stock with large spines. Upward climbing habit will wind around anything. Blooms at night year-round. Blooms 2-3 consecutive nights. Faint scent to my nose.

Positive palmbob On May 6, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

aggressive, but very attractive tree climber... roots into trunks. Can be an epiphyte. Supposedly has great blooms, but never been to the botanical gardens at night, so not sure if I will ever see them. Square sided robust green plant.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tempe, Arizona
San Marino, California
Brandon, Florida



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