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Kava King
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Joined: Sep 20, 2002
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From: Kensington-on-Avondale
Posted: 2003-07-28 3:19 pm   Permalink

Last Saturday night we were treated to a rare event- our night blooming cerius sprouted it's yearly pod and morphed into a gorgeous flower. This exotic bloom begins its life as the offspring of a plain, flat cactus leaf and slowly turns into a spectacular flower which lives for ONE NIGHT ONLY and fills the area with an intoxicating fragrance unlike any other. To honor its short, beautiful life, we break out the tiki torches, ceremonial mugs, etc. and invite friends to watch and imbibe. The next morning is very much like the day after Hukilau- the bloom is dead, the scent is gone, but the memory lasts.






 
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KahunaMilu
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Joined: Aug 08, 2002
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Posted: 2003-07-28 3:59 pm   Permalink


Splendid.

I want one.



 
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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2003-07-28 6:05 pm   Permalink

I used to have a few of those. They are spectacular. They bloom at night so the bats will pollinate.

 
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tiki_kiliki
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Joined: Apr 01, 2002
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From: Hamtown USA
Posted: 2003-07-28 6:49 pm   Permalink

Thanks for sharing. Now I want one too! How beautiful.
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2003-07-28 10:13 pm   Permalink

My parents' bloomed last Wednesday.

No adjective is to exaggerated to describe the beautiful, large blossoms, the very strong enchanting fragrance or the unusual character of a flower that blooms only at night.

Excellent tiki celebration - I love the "wild and natural" aspect of the tiki fest.

Is it true about the bats?

[ This Message was edited by: christiki295 on 2003-07-28 22:16 ]


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2003-07-28 10:17 pm   Permalink

Very cool!

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2004-08-16 7:24 pm   Permalink

Kava King,

How are the blossoms this season?

My parents are having a bumper crop - The blooms are in the 4th rotation this summer!


 
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Kava King
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From: Kensington-on-Avondale
Posted: 2004-08-18 09:27 am   Permalink

We're still (patiently) waiting for them to form. We've had a lot more rain in Georgia this summer than usual which probably has some effect. It's always worth the wait and I love watching the S-L-O-W progress!

 
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laney
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Joined: May 20, 2002
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From: orange county CA
Posted: 2004-08-18 7:23 pm   Permalink

Hi, I just sent this post to my Mom. She has 2 big plants, one grown from a cutting. One was in full shade and had lots of blooms like 10. the other was in partial sun and wouldn't sprout a bud. They moved it and out come bunches of buds!
The buds remind me of "Little Shop of Horrors" I make them say "Feeeed me Seymore"
She loves the pictures of the open flowers.


 
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mattfink
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Joined: May 05, 2003
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From: Detroit
Posted: 2004-08-19 1:40 pm   Permalink

Beautiful!!!

 
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-07-15 2:53 pm   Permalink

Mine finally bloomed!

 
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Kona Chris
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From: Tucson, AZ
Posted: 2006-07-15 11:29 pm   Permalink

I've had a night blooming cerius for 20 years that has NEVER bloomed. It's highly annoying. Any tips on getting it to?

Chris


 
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lanikai
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Joined: May 15, 2004
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2006-07-16 12:15 am   Permalink

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On 2006-07-15 23:29, Kona Chris wrote:
I've had a night blooming cerius for 20 years that has NEVER bloomed. It's highly annoying. Any tips on getting it to?

Chris


sue it. kill it. read it a bad dream inducing bedtime story. tell it the part in the bible; man has dominion over nature!
that IS annoying. Not just, but yes; Highly!! annoying! a flower that should bring peace, tranquility, calm, equanimity and beauty into one's life creates a reaction as that!
Legal recourse. yes. Pain and suffering. Intentional infliction of emotional distress... I would sue nature. yea.


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-07-16 01:35 am   Permalink

Thats cool. I don't have a green thumb, but I like that...
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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2006-07-16 11:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-07-15 23:29, Kona Chris wrote:
I've had a night blooming cerius for 20 years that has NEVER bloomed. It's highly annoying. Any tips on getting it to?

Chris



After not watering for months, I have thourougly soaked it 2x week for approx 3 months. I also gave it Hawaiian plant food (with a high first number).

You may also want to improve the topsoil, or plant it if it is in a pot.

Make sure it gets sun.


 
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