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Peniocereus viperinus SEEDS

Peniocereus viperinus SEEDS

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Peniocereus viperinus, commonly known as "Queen of the Night" or "Snake Cactus," is a species of cactus native to parts of Mexico and Central America. It is known for its stunning nocturnal blooms and unique growth habits. Here's a description of Peniocereus viperinus along with some cultivation tips:


  • Stem: The stem of Peniocereus viperinus is typically slender and green, with a sprawling or climbing growth habit. It may produce aerial roots along its length.

  • Spines: Unlike many other cactus species, Peniocereus viperinus often lacks prominent spines. Instead, it may have small, hair-like structures or minute spines along the stems.

  • Flowers: The most striking feature of Peniocereus viperinus is its flowers. They are usually large, white, and fragrant, blooming exclusively at night. The flowers often have a tubular shape and may be up to several inches in diameter.

  • Blooming: The blooms typically occur during the summer months, and each flower usually lasts only for one night. However, a healthy plant may produce multiple blooms over the flowering season.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Light: Peniocereus viperinus thrives in bright, indirect light. While it can tolerate some direct sunlight, intense sunlight for prolonged periods can scorch its delicate stems. A location with morning sun and afternoon shade is often ideal.

  2. Temperature: This cactus prefers warm temperatures, ideally between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) during the growing season. It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures in winter but should be protected from frost.

  3. Soil: Use a well-draining cactus mix or create a mix by combining potting soil with perlite or coarse sand. This will ensure good drainage, preventing waterlogged soil which can lead to root rot.

  4. Watering: Allow the soil to dry out partially between waterings. During the active growing season (spring and summer), water thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry to the touch, and reduce watering in fall and winter when the plant is dormant.

  5. Fertilization: Feed Peniocereus viperinus with a balanced, diluted fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) at half-strength. Avoid fertilizing during the dormant period.

  6. Potting: Repot the plant every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Choose a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

  7. Support: Since Peniocereus viperinus can have a climbing or sprawling habit, providing support such as a trellis or stake can help guide its growth and prevent it from becoming tangled.

  8. Pruning: Remove any dead or damaged stems as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and health.

  9. Propagation: Peniocereus viperinus can be propagated from stem cuttings. Allow cuttings to callus for a few days before planting them in a well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots develop.

By following these cultivation tips, you can enjoy the beauty of Peniocereus viperinus and its magnificent nocturnal blooms in your own home or garden.


Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Peniocereus

Botanical species: Peniocereus viperinus

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