|Night Blooming Cereus in the terracotta pot on top shelf|
My daughters still have them but I suspect they are hoping they will die by not watering them.
(Surprise: they can live a long time without water.)
Around the second week of September, I saw buds on the plant!! Of course, I sent out announcements to all my doubting family and friends about the upcoming blessed event.
|The buds signaling imminent birth of flowers|
Hooker's Orchid Cactus
I could see that they were not the same flower as I thought (Dutchman's Pipe or Queen of the Night Epiphyllum oxypetalum) but then there are several plants called Night Blooming Cereus. I now know, courtesy of the internet, that my plant is a Climbing Cactus or Hooker's Orchid Cactus Epiphyllum hookeri. The flowers do only last one night and they had faded by late morning. They have a slight fragrance but not as intense a perfume as the Epiphyllum oxypetalum emits.
|The first blossoms in 4 years|
|The blossoms expire after 1 day.|
That night, I got up at 1:30AM to find another blossom:
Then the last one bloomed the next night: