Full Moon Blooming Event!

Okay, so this isn’t an actual promotable event, but it has been 20 years in the making at our house! Under the light of the full moon, the elusive “Hylocereus undatus” opened its beauty to Central Florida for just a few hours. Why is this a big deal? Well, some species of this plant bloom just once a year (usually under a fullish moon) and they have to be quite old before they ever decide to bloom.

Here is a great link for more info on the plant.

Also known as the Costa Rican Pitaya, this plant produces the fascinating dragon fruit. Some species are prolific, growing and blooming quickly in the daytime, while a few rarer species are slow growing and bloom just the once in the light of the moon. This particular plant had been in our family for over 20 years and had never bloomed before; thus the excitement at our house.

So, Central Florida, here’s our beautiful night-blooming cactus, caught fading in the first few rays of dawn…hope we don’t have to wait another 20 years to see the next bloom!

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