3 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Peruvian Apple Cactus Overview
Cereus repandus is commonly known by the names Peruvian Apple Cactus and Queen Of The Night, amongst others. This succulent plant 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. This plant was previously known as Cereus peruvianus and is sometimes still sold as such.
Common problems with Peruvian Apple Cactus
Keep soils well drained to avoid Root Rot. Cereus repandus may be susceptible to pests such as Mealybugs, Root Mealybugs and Scale insects.
Peruvian Apple Cactus Companion Plants
Plant in a rock garden with other cacti and succulents.
How to harvest Peruvian Apple Cactus
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.
How to propagate Peruvian Apple Cactus
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.
Special features of Peruvian Apple Cactus
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.
Other uses of Peruvian Apple Cactus
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