- Selenicereus grandiflorus
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
Selenicereus grandiflorus is part of the Cactaceae family and is native to Mexico (Tamaulipas to Tabasco) to Guatemala, N. Caribbean. It is epiphytic or lithophytic in growth and will use adventitious roots to climb on surrounding trees in order to seek more light and to support its weight; they can grow several metres in length. Under the right conditions S.grandiflorus will produce large sweet smelling flowers, which open at night.
Selenicereus meaning 'Moon Cereus', refers to the night bloom and the specific epiphet 'grandiflorus' comes from the Latin for 'large flowered'.
Pot: 14cm diameter.
Foliage: Approximately 40cm in length.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. In its natural environment this plant would receive dappled light.
Water: Allow the majority of the mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Water sparingly in winter.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings; you could also add some horticultural charcoal to this epiphytic mix. This plant requires developing a vigorous root system in order to flower so shouldn’t be repotted for a few years.
Fertilising: Feed your plant with a cactus fertiliser every other watering during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 18-26°C, in the growing season. In winter keep Selenicereus in a cooler spot, between 10-15˚C in order to encourage flowering.
Humidity: Selenicereus grandiflorus would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Selenicereus grandiflorus are non-toxic.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.