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Q.Correct Outside Exposure For Night Blooming Cereus In Summer

Zone Ocala, Florida 34476 USDA Zone 9a | Anonymous added on February 13, 2022 | Answered

I live in North central Florida and have a 2 year old gangley 4′ plant that I will be pruning in early March (as recommended earlier on this site). Shortly after pruning once evening temperatures have moderated I would like to put the plant outside. My house only has one small tree (crepe myrtle) near it and it is on the South-East corner at the back of the house. I have thoughts of putting the plant under/close to the tree so that it will not be in direct sunlight as it would be anywhere else around the house. Is this indeed the most appropriate place? When it was outside last year (not under the tree) and received morning sun (direct East exposure), I noticed a few of the leaves developed burnt spots due to the sun drying up the early morning dew or raindrops. There is no possible way to prevent this from happening, can I just let it occur?….or leave the plant on the covered lanai with the direct East morning sun?

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Answered on March 4, 2022

Wow! It's fabulous! Put it under the shade when you put it outside this summer. They like heat, but do better with a little shade.


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