Selenicereus chrysocardium is an epiphyte from the Cactaceae family and is native to tropical rainforests of Mexico. It was brought back from Chiapas, Mexico, in 1951 and in 1954 at the New York Botanic Gardens, the cuttings produced a flower. It's bloom is huge and white with golden stamens, this is how the plant got it's name 'chrysocardium' meaning 'golden heart'. S.chrysocardium can reach up to 12 inches wide in it's native environment. It's quite difficult to get this plant to flower but allowing 2 rest periods of at least 6 weeks each; first resting period should last from the beginning of August to mid September and the second resting period is after the plant has bloomed.
Pot: 9cm diameter
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Average temperature of 21˚C.
Light: Filtered light.
Watering: Water when almost dry in spring and summer, dramatically reduce watering in winter.
Air humidity: Higher humidity is preferred but it tolerant to average home humidity.
Fertilising: Feed with a cactus fertiliser once a month during the growing season
Potting mix: A light well draining mix containing bark to mimic natural epiphytic growing conditions.
This plant is non-toxic.