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Scientific Name Selenicereus Grandiflorus
Common Name Queen of the Night Cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Selenicereus
Species: grandiflorus
Synonym: Cereus grandiflorus

Selenicereus grandiflorus is an epiphyte also known as ‘queen of the night’. It is a plant that grows on a host plant or tree but doesn’t leach off water or nutrients from it. Instead, it absorbs moisture from the air.


Selenicereus grandiflorus plants are generally regarded as rainforest cacti and not desert plants. Therefore, they are used to a certain degree of humidity.

In fact, if the weather is too arid and dry, then there is a chance that the Selenicereus grandiflorus will not thrive as well. It is important for the soil to be damp and hold moisture, while also draining effectively without allowing the water to accumulate at the bottom.

How to Care for Selenicereus Grandiflorus

Light Care
Selenicereus Grandiflorus is a plant that is designed to grow in the shadier parts of the jungle, which means that you will not want to give them too much direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the afternoon. They do need some sunlight, though, or the flowers will not be able to bloom properly. Soil Care
Land for Selenicereus Grandiflorus should be lightweight, breathable and fertile. Suitable soil that includes sand and turf. The mixture can also create your own, but the flower will satisfied with universal ground for cacti. Additionally, you can add a medium-sized expanded clay, gravel or brick fragments, and also crushed charcoal to prevent putrefactive processes. On the bottom of the tank is placed a thick layer of drainage.
Water Care
Selenicereus Grandiflorus, as a tropical plant, should be watered with lukewarm water. Rainwater is best, as tap water may contain fluoride and other minerals that can cause salt to build up in the soil. Distilled water may also be used. The soil should dry out between each watering. Watering should be reduced greatly at the start of fall, and the Selenicereus Grandiflorus plant placed in a cool, dark location so it can go dormant during the fall and winter (October through early March).
Temperature Care
In summer, the Selenicereus Grandiflorus cactus will suit the usual temperature of +18 degrees. It transfers heat quietly. In winter, when the plant has a rest period comes, you need to provide him with a reasonable cool — not above +17 degrees. The absence of such temperature changes can lead to a thinning of the stems. Selenicereus Grandiflorus can only from-for sharp changes of conditions or cold drafts. In this case, he can’t lose the ensuing buds.
Fertilizer Care
Selenicereus Grandiflorus has a rapid growth rate. To maintain the health of Selenicereus Grandiflorus plants need a constant flow of nutrients. During periods of active development is required to fertilize it almost every week — up to 3 times a month.
Pruning Care
Long stems of Selenicereus Grandiflorus can too grow and lose visual appeal. Separate the stems that spoil the appearance, you can prune. Small trimming (up to 3 stalks) will not affect the health of the plant, but a radical haircut is able to hurt him. To shape this cactus is similarly useless: remove a single escape will not lead to a rise in many side.

Selenicereus grandiflorus

Uses of Selenicereus Grandiflorus

Medicinal Uses:
Selenicereus Grandiflorus has been used as a folkloric medicine in maintaining the symptoms of congestive heart failure and a heart tonic to regulate blood pressure.
Homeopathy Research:
According to a study published by the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products, dried or fresh overground parts of the Selenicereus Grandiflorus plant are utilized in traditional human phytotherapy.
Red Yellowy Edible Fruit:
As shown by the name, they bloom at night, or we can say they only bloom for a single night during the entire year.
Moreover, the flowers emit a vanilla fragrance that attracts nocturnal bats for pollination, making a red tomato-size fruit edible for humans.


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