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Pruning Night Blooming Cereus

Posted by millie33 Virginia (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 3, 07 at 17:48

I am taking care of my 95 year old mother's night blooming cereus. She has no idea how old this plant is . We have just had 3 beautiful blooms and 1 more bud on its way. The plant is very tall and unwieldly. Can someone tell me how to prune this back? Please be very specific because I have no idea what to do.

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RE: Pruning Night Blooming Cereus

I don't have a night blooming cereus, I wish I did though! It is my understanding that they blossom off the old growths, so you don't want to be to excited to cut it back or cut back too much.

Maybe this will help:

Quote: cereus get to be big, very big cacti. this is their nature and pruning should be limited to side branches to keep the plant in proportion. if you cut a main branch it will scar and look terrible unless this is done at the base of the cactus. most likely where a cut is made new branches will form off of its sides.

if the plant gets to be just too big, i would suggest you cut side branches, let them air dry in shade during the warmth of a summer's week and then plant. they readily root and you will be able to grow multiple plants to replace the big, big momma. branches you want to root will sunburn on sides not previously exposed to the sun.

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