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Cereus repandus f. monstrosa (Monstrose Apple Cactus)

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Scientific Name

Cereus repandus f. monstrosa

Accepted Scientific Name

Cereus repandus (L.) Mill.

Common Names

Monstrose Apple Cactus

Synonyms

Cereus peruvianus f. monstrosa, Cereus peruvianus var. monstrosus, Cactus peruvianus f. monstrosa

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Cereus repandus f. monstrosa is a naturally occurring mutant with irregular texture and branching habit that gives it a fascinating sculptural quality. It is a medium growing, upright cactus up to 15 feet (4.6 m) tall. The flowers are white and appear at night in early summer. The fruit is edible and red in color.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 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. Most gardeners interested in cacti should be able to cultivate these without much problem.

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. Knock away old soil and prune away any rotted or dead roots, then replace it in a new pot and backfill with new soil. Make sure not to overwater cacti planted in new pots, as this can lead to root rot. It should be left dry for about a week and then watered lightly.

These cacti propagate quite easily from cuttings. Simply sever a branch and replant in moist, well-drained soil… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Cereus

Origin

Cereus repandus f. monstrosa is a naturally occurring mutant of Cereus repandus.

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