ShowNTell forum: First blooms of my Selenicereus anthonyanus (Ric Rac Orchid Cactus)

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Imageplantladylin
May 23, 2010 7:33 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
My big Ric Rac cactus has finally graced me with blooms! They do have fragrance, my husband says the fragrance is kinda sweet, but I didn't find it an attractive aroma at all! Still, the blooms are really pretty! The first bud began to fatten up this morning and late this afternoon I noticed it was beginning to open, then about 7 O'clock we noticed a few more beginning were opening.

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Imageplantladylin
May 23, 2010 7:34 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Another view ...

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Imageplantladylin
May 23, 2010 7:35 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
and, last one ...

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AlohaHoya
Jul 27, 2010 7:05 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Lin...Lovely.... How do you grow it? Mine is about 8 years old and never bloomed!!!!

Leap. The net will appear.
Imageplantladylin
Jul 27, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Thanks Carol!

I've had this plant for a long while and finally got to see it bloom for the first time this summer! It hung out in a tree in the backyard in full shade for years and I never paid much attention to it (not a favorite because of the thorns!) I moved it into the screened pool area last year where it gets a lot of sun all day. I had no idea it was a night bloomer until about a year ago when I saw an ugly looking growth on the plant and thought something was wrong with it, so I posted a picture on DG and was told it was a spent bloom.

This one is really root bound, needs repotting desperately. I grow it on the dry side (actually probably too dry right now since it is so root bound, and we haven't had much rain!) I am so bad about taking the time to fertilize, but I have given it a shot of bloom booster every now and again when I remember to feed my orchids.
AlohaHoya
Jul 27, 2010 11:24 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Thanks, Lin. I have some almost 10 years old. I didn't know they bloomed!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagewren
Jul 29, 2010 5:39 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
lovely flower
Imageplantladylin
Jul 30, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Thanks Sandy! I look forward to next year when it blooms again ... I'm hoping everything can survive this awful heat of summer. I was away for two weeks, came home and found many plants suffering. I watered everything really well and then left for a few days again. Now that I'm back home for awhile, I'm watering daily.

I checked out thermostat about noon and it read 99ºF and just now checked again and it reads 00º ... it can't do triple digits so I'm assuming it's now 100º outside! The sensor is on the north side of the house in the shade ... I can only imagine what a thermometer would read in the hot sun!


Imagewren
Jul 30, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
My misting system in the shade house is doing good it is only 86 degrees in there right how and it is 97 outside the shade house. Have lost a few more but most are really putting on the growth. I have been light on feeding them as I did not want to risk stressing them, there was one red one that bloomed but I missed it. Hoping I will have blooms next year.

Sandy

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