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Tropical Garden, Batu Caves, Malaysia
Gardening is part of my life and I want to share that portion of my zeal and joy with you. These are my thoughts, my experiences and life work. I hope it enrich and add value to you too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nocturnal Flowers

This is the second bloom (the first one had closed after finishing its exposed time)
I'm certain that these are nocturals - waiting for a bug or a moth to pollinate them.

Followed by the passion for them.
I did some research and found not much had been written about them.
(not that it would considered some means of important information I was seeking)

These are the very important questions - answers that I was seeking:

Why aren't my Passiflora plant blooming with many flowers?
Answers (or the closest guess or conclusion)

1) most likely they will take 3 years to fully mature and bloom.
Over fertilising can cause them to go dormant (the flowering plant)
and that they throw up with thousands of leaves without a single bloom.
So, you might want to watch out for that.
a) First year - no bloom
b) Second year - few blooms here & there.
c) Third year - Many explosive blooms.

2) They don't do well as a shaded plant, if at all - bright shade is the best option.
Total shade will not work for this plant.

This passion flower (Passiflora edulis) don't seemed to come out well with cuttings.
They can only grow well with seeds.
I have not known anyone tried successfully using cuttings,
if they do - then I might had missed out something.

These are what I had discovered so far.
If I had missed out any vital information.

Do care to share in my comment box..
(Please - don't cut and paste a whole log from another website)

Another nocturnal flowering plant that I had come to mesmerise is this Moon Vine. (Ipomea alba)
It is just like the Morning Glory but these bloom in evening till night time.
(the reverse of morning glory - which is ok with me)

The blooms are like satin soft and bigger than common morning glory flower.
The only set back is that it is badly infected with whiteflies.
(I think you can easily spot few of them here & there)

Their bloom just last for a night and it gets close shut tight by the morning.
The other thing is both of these flowers do not have strong scent. (or no scent at all)
So - I really not sure how they attract their pollinators.

One thing for sure.
It did attract my attention anyway.
Let me know if you favour any nocturnal flowering plants.
I do have the Orchid Cactus too which rarely flowers.
May have to wait until it shows up one fine day (or night)


  1. Hi James, I don't know if you've heard this adage about vines, over three years, "First they sleep, then they creep and then they leap"

    1. Guess I have to wait for another year to leap.
      Thanks Barry.

  2. My apologies for crashing in this part of the post. There was one post where James, you had plenty of Hippeastrum. I live in KL and I would love to know if anyone can suggest a place for me to get one of those plant/bulb/seed/seedling. Been searching nearby nurseries and all effort are in vain.

    1. Chee Kian Teh.
      Most nursery do not focus these bulb plants as they are not so popular.
      Their blooming time are so unpredictable and usually - if they are sold.
      You have to seek them out at the abandon corners where they owners can't even recall what colours are they.

      They are still available - usually handed down from one gardener to another.
      I had given mine all away as I was focusing more on Vertical Gardening.

      If you want - do seek me out in Facebook.
      Message me from there and I can link you with few of my friends who still collects these and you may strike a deal with them. Who knows?
      But if you still want to buy them - do check out Sg.Buloh nurseries - they still sell them there.


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