Peruvian Apple Cactus

Cereus repandus

Queen Of The Night, Giant Club Cactus, Hedge Cactus, Column Cactus, Peruvian Torch

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Cereus repandus (Peruvian Apple Cactus) is a large, columnar, thorny cactus, with cylindrical grey-green to blue stems that can grow up to 10m in height. The showy, white, nocturnal flowers remain open for only one night. The fruits, known as a Peruvian Apple, are without thorns and vary in skin colour from dark red, purple or yellow. The white edible flesh is juicy and contains small, edible, crunchy seeds. The flesh sweetens as the fully ripe fruit opens out fully.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

A plant can yield 50-60 fruits per year. These fruits can be harvested once it is fully ripe and has burst open, and are eaten fresh and in beverages.

Propagation

Seed

Seed does not store well, sow as soon as possible. Sow in spring/summer. Germination is slow.

Cuttings

This cacti is propagated with cuttings from the stem top (especially when it's growing too high), or offsets during spring or summer.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors in containers, make sure to place in in spots with a lot of sun.

Drought resistant

Needs only small amounts of water to grow.

Pot plant

Though less gigantic in pots, they are much admired for their sculptural, columnar shape. Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season.

Special features

Origin

Indigenous to Mexico, Central- and South America.

Natural climate

Desert, Mediterranean or Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The fruits are thornless and vary in skin colour from violet-red to yellow. The edible flesh is white and contains small, edible, crunchy seeds. It sweetens as the fruit opens out fully., Flowers

Notes

Ornamental. Culinary.

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Companion plants

Plant in a rock garden with other cacti and succulents.