How to get an orchid cactus to bloom.

This houseplant was given to me I was told it was some kind of a Succulent PlantLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant.". The plant blooms at 11pm and the flower dies in the morning. Can you help with some info. Thank you



Your plant is an Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Orchid Cactus), also called Night Blooming Cereus or Queen of the Night, produces large white flowers in spring or early summer, but only at night. Here is a picture of the flower an Orchid Cactus produces.

Large whhite flower on Night Blooming Cereus Plant

Night Blooming Cereus
Queen of the Night Orchid Cactus

Night Blooming Cereus plants will produce more and more flowers as the plant matures. An Orchid cactus also blooms more when it is root bound. Night Blooming Cereus houseplants like bright, indirect light though when grown outdoors should be kept in partial shade. Once an Orchid Cactus has finished blooming, it needs a rest. Water only when the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch. In late winter, place an Orchid cactus in a cool, (not below 40 degrees) lighted area for about a month. At the end of this resting period move the plant back to its original location and resume normal care.