Peruvian Apple Cactus
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.
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.
Seed does not store well, sow as soon as possible. Sow in spring/summer. Germination is slow.
This cacti is propagated with cuttings from the stem top (especially when it's growing too high), or offsets during spring or summer.
Attracts useful insects
Flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Can be grown indoors in containers, make sure to place in in spots with a lot of sun.
Needs only small amounts of water to grow.
Though less gigantic in pots, they are much admired for their sculptural, columnar shape. Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season.
Indigenous to Mexico, Central- and South America.
Desert, Mediterranean or Subtropical
Soil PH preference
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
Plant in a rock garden with other cacti and succulents.