Kadupul ( Sinhala )
Celenicerus grandifloras ,
Queen of The Night , Night Blooming Cereus
An exotic Tropical Orchid .
” Deviya Diva Malin,
Asurasen Sith Paolin,
Diva Nai Kadupulin,
Nithi Puda Dethi Til Munidun “
” They Worship Him Thus,
The Gods with Heavenly Flowers ,
The Asuras with Sith Palo Flowers ,
The Nagas with Kadupul .”
Legend – once upon a time, there was a cave in the jungles of Srilanka,
where a precious gem was hidden by the Divas .
At the entrance to the cave was a large vine of Kadupul, that would bloom
in the night and would fill the night air with its intensely fragrant aroma
The cave was guarded by the Nagas , to protect the Sacred Gem of The Gods
On Full Moon nights- the flowers would bloom, glow in the moonlight, fill
the jungle air with the magical fragrance of the Kadupul.
Any human wondering the jungle in the night, would be lured into the cave,
by the magic of the Full Moon and the Fragrance of the Kadupul .
Then, he would sight the cave entrance and would belold the white glow of
the kadupul in the moon light .
Then, he wouold see the glow of the Gem in the light of the Full Moon ,
entering the cave .
He would enter the cave in the Light of the Full Moon , and see the Glow
of the Gem- that would fill his senses along with the Fragrance of the
He then reaches out to touch the Sacred Gem of The Gods .
The Nagas would sting him and he is now no more .
Any one who wondered into the jungle on these nights , never returned to
the village …..
” They worship Him Thus- The Nagas with Kadupul … “
I have had this plant , for almost 14 years, growing indoors in the winter
and out doors in spring, summer and early fall .
It would give me no end of joy when The Queen of The Night blooms .
I would invite my friends to keep me company, and we would watch the Queen
of The Night open , as darkness sets in around 7 pm, and allow us to see
her fully opened beautiful face , around 9 pm those fortunate enough to
see her . .
We would stay up till about 1 am, my friends would leave, and I would keep
her company for another hour or so , with my home filled with her sweet
vanilla fragrance if she blooms later in the season .
By morning 6 am, she is trying to go to sleep !
Flower color- white with yellow stamens .
Size- almost the size of a human face- see my face next to the fullu
opened flower .
Of growing conditions are right, you can have more than one bloom .
I have had up to three blooms at one time .
My friend in Toronto- who lives in a highrise condominium, with lots of
light, and constant warm indoor temps had up to 10 blooms in one night, and
she had to open the windows as the fragrance was too intense for her .
Of late , the plant has grown a lot, and I am not able to carry the pot
outside,, so it has stayed indoors for nearly 3 years .
This year, I had only one very weak bloom .
It is pot bound, and time to trim and re- pot next year .
keep near a bright sunny window – eastern exposure is best , but, not too
strong light- remembering it is a tropical rain forest orchid .
Keep soil moist- not soaking wet .
Fertilise wth 10-15 -10 indoor flowering plant fertiliser .
Stake plant to keep it upright .
Propogation – water rooted cuttings from aerial roots .
Leave these cuttings in a sunny place indoors or outdoors in the summer,
for about an year in a clear glass bottle with water.
They will produce leaves as the months pass by .
Pot up with the best indoor potting soil, money can buy !
Where to buy-
Perhaps any garden centre in USA, and it grows naturally in warmer zones–
Florida, Southern Arizona .
My plant was smuggled into Canada, from Vietnam about 20 yrs ago , and now
most of us here in my town and surrounding areas has my cuttings/ plants ,
and some have bloomed already . it takes 3 yrs for the plant to mature to
start blooming .
I have given away at least 10 plants over the years., and another clump of
cuttings is in the works, for any one who wants it !
It can take low temps down to 60 deg – which is what I do, when I leave for
AZ – for 8 wks .
However, this temperature change does affect the production of flower buds
My son who has a real skimpy plant, near a big window, with constant
warm in door temp , gets blooms twice a year- spring and late summer .
Deviyo Diva Malin -eagledeepthie .