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Epiphyllum oxypetalum Flowering Tonight

Epiphyllum oxypetalum  Flowering Tonight (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

This is a fragrant flower which flowers at night only (like my dragon fruit vine). Photo taken on a very warm night of Sept. 29, 2015.

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It produces flowers many times throughout the year here in San Diego, CA. So, even though it's only one night, my two large plants produce a lot of flowers. :>)

1 Oct, 2015


Yes, houseplants can be difficult. I have very few plants in the house because they get a lot of bugs here. Luckily, all my tropical/subtropical plants (which is all I grow here) can grow outside all year long...most are in the ground.

1 Oct, 2015


great flowers Delonix...

4 Oct, 2015


Thanks. My larger plant had many more flowers on it just a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos.

5 Oct, 2015


I have a very sad looking plant... when I saw the beautiful blossom, I felt very bad for this one of mine. I know it likes warmth and that is not always possible here in the frozen north. night blooming cereus... right? (The El Nino that's been coming our way since early Sept. has brought warmth and moisture and some of the perennials in my garden are blooming for a second time as our first frost is a whole MONTH late! ) So maybe this winter if I pamper it a little I can look forward to these lovely things. I have a epi..that is bright red... maybe I've confused them. The cereus came to me as a cutting from our friend Mike in Massachusetts and it's white...but it hasn't bloomed yet...the epi came from my cousin here in southern Ontario and it bloomed last summer when I left it outdoors! It's in the greenhouse now and our temps are supposed to go down to 6 degrees C. tonight. Hope it will be ok. Brilliant red and the stamens are so beautiful.

6 Oct, 2015



This plant isn't Cereus. We do have many species which grow to tree-like proportion here in San Diego. They do flower at night. I noticed a few nights ago my neighbors very large Cereus plants had several dozen flowers on them. Cereus produce edible fruit, also.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum grows very upright and very tall, usually up into trees.

6 Oct, 2015


The Super El Niño has really caused us to have an extremely hot and humid summer. The Pacific Ocean off San Diego is the warmest ever recorded for this time of year...averaging 75ºF (24ºC) right now. Many areas are still recording 79ºF (26ºC) water temps along our coast (this is unheard of for this time of year).

We've had Northern Queensland spotted jelly fish seen in the hundreds of thousands in the last week...and there's been a lots of hammerhead sharks, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, red crabs, Marlin (which hasn't been spotted in SD waters in 30 years) and just yesterday a whale shark which is native to Central America was seen off San Diego. The list of tropical marine life off our coast is the most ever seen and recorded.

Here's the article about the whale shark:

6 Oct, 2015


Have you had enough precip? You mentioned humidity but we keep seeing pics of dry reservoirs... we get nasty storms with our humid season. I've seen reports that seal and sea lion populations and orcas, too, are being recorded in record numbers off north west coasts all the way up to Alaska... things really are changing.

8 Oct, 2015


We had the wettest summer on record; however, with this being said it has done nothing for the reservoirs. Most reservoirs are pretty much dry...or down to around 10 to 20 percent of normal. We need such a tremendous amount of rain to get those reservoirs filled up.

Yes, things are definitely changing. I'll try to remember what rare tropical fish was spotted off San Diego's coast just a few days ago. The Ocean Biologist can't keep up. Every day some new rare and exotic sea life shows up.

The big concern now is in about 6 weeks (appox) when the Super El Niño storms are forecasted to start hitting severe they are going to be. In years past, very strong El Niño storms have been very destructive, causing billions of dollars in damage.

8 Oct, 2015

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