Night Flowering Cactus

Cereus repandus 'Florida'

Column Cactus

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This succulent cactus is a native to Florida. Also known as night flowering cactus, it produces edible red fruits when mature. It is frequently grown as a houseplant and is 3-sided in shape with four ribs. Produce cup-shaped, colourful flowers that open at night time in summer and autumn. It is best grown in a temperate greenhouse or as part of a desert garden.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

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

Cuttings

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

Special features

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Pot plant

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

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors in full light.

Special features

Origin

South America and the West Indies

Natural climate

Desert, Mediterranean or subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

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