Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cactus in flower again

Our big Peruvian torch cactus is starting to flower again.

The flowers open in the evening and die off the next morning. They are huge, about 15 cm (or 6inches) across. Last night there were 2 open. Tonight there are 5!

There are about 20 buds on the plant in total. It stands about 7 ft high. When it has finished flowering we will have to repot it as it is top heavy, and will blow over in a storm! We have weighted it down with big rocks for now.


HelenB said...

Does your cactus ever set fruit? I have one growing in the ground in Los Angeles, CA. Some of the flowers are followed by edible fruit that are very like Dragon Fruit, which come from a related Cereus.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Helen
No we've never had any fruit on it. I don't think anything polinates the flowers here, they just drop off. Edible fruit would be fantastic.

BLD in MT said...

Wow! Amazing! What beauty!

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Yes it is awesome for sure, especially in the moonlight. We have been having family viewings in the middle of the night!
So lucky to have inherited the cactus (from G's late Uncle).

BLD in MT said...

Ah, an heirloom, too. I like it even more now.

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