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#1 User is offline   matthew1381 

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:04 AM

Hello dear Cacti friends,

Just wanted to share some pics of my cacti plant that bloomed tonight:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/tn_TrichocereusSpachianus.jpg_http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/tn_TrichocereusSpachianus1.jpg_http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/tn_TrichocereusSpachianus2.jpg


Trichocereus Spachianus originates from Western Argentina and blooms
at night in mid summer, - If planted in the ground can grow to 7/8 feet high ! My plant in the pot is only about 10 inches tall, - this is its first flower which bloomed tonight.

The plant is a close relative of Cereus Peruvianus, the one more commonly seen even in Singapore which bears almost similar flowers
like this:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/CereusPeruvianius1.jpg



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Matthew
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:17 AM

Hi Matthew,

thanks for sharing your beautiful pics! u are really good with cacti!

btw, at first glance, i thought the double flowers of Trichocereus Spachianus were those of the double white Epiphyllum (Keng Huay)!

Interestingly, I got a Cereus Peruvianus from my Civics and Moral Ed teacher when I was Primary 3, it still survives today. I keep cutting it back so that it doesnt grow too tall. What surprises me is that, it grows quite well under deep shade - i hardly have any direct sun streaming into the area where mine grows... It is getting quite fat and tall...

I always thought cacti need sun to grow! maybe that plant has acclimatised to the shady conditions!

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:29 AM

Hi Wilson

Yes, the Cereus Peruvianus is a very hardy plant and has a wide country distribution and shows up in a few surprising locations !
Has your plant flowered in the shade ?

The Keng Huay's flower is slightly different - see below and is all white.
The Keng Huay plant normally has lots and lots of blooms all flowering at the same time. On my plant at the last occasion I had about 50 on just 1 plant !! Will show you the photo the next time it flowers - its having lots of buds now


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/tn_Lady_of_the_Night.jpg

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:34 AM

Hi Matthew,

My Cereus Peruvianus hasnt never bloom. It is constantly chopped off and regrown - probably never be able to grow to maturity to flower at least for a long long time for now. Maybe later on when I have my own place with lots of light?

As for the Keng Huay, mine is now budding too. Its leaves are over the parapet of my growing area, hence able to catch some sunlight. Apparently, it is the blooming season here in Singapore too. As I was walking along the blocks, I see alot budding too. For me, the best I got was 10 blooms - the picture is on another thread in this forum...

Happy growing,
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