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Cereus repandus – Peruvian Apple, Hedge Cactus

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Scientific Name

Cereus repandus (L.) Mill.

Common Names

Giant Club Cactus, Hedge Cactus, Apple Cactus, Peruvian Apple Cactus, Peruvian Apple, Peruvian Tree Cactus

Synonyms

Cactus repandus (basionym), Cereus peruvianus, Cactus peruvianus, Stenocereus peruvianus, Cereus grenadensis, Cereus margaritensis, Cereus remolinensis, Cereus atroviridis, Pilocereus repandus

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cereeae
Genus: Cereus

Description

Cereus repandus is a large, erect, thorny columnar cactus with cylindrical gray-green to blue stems, up to 33 feet (10 m) tall and up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The nocturnal flowers, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long remain open for only one night. The fruits, known locally as “Pitaya” or Peruvian Apple are thornless, violet-red to yellow in color and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter.

Cereus repandus - Peruvian Apple, Hedge Cactus

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Like most cacti, Cereus are fairly low-maintenance and hardy. Make sure they receive enough water without becoming waterlogged, especially during the summer, and fertilize them for best results. If the roots have become black or overly soft, the cactus could be experiencing root rot – cut away the affected parts and replant. Like all cacti, give them lots of direct sunlight, especially during the summer. Well-drained soil is best, and most Cereus perform well in a soil that contains some organic material. Some recommend avoiding a soil that contains sphagnum moss, though – it can make the cactus vulnerable to root rot.

It may become necessary to repot your Cereus if it outgrows its container. If so, make sure the soil is dry and then remove the pot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Cereus.

Origin

Native to Grenada, Netherlands Antilles and Venezuela.

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