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Peruvian Apple Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Cereus repandus syn. Cereus peruvianus

 

Peruvian Apple Cactus

Cereus cacti are erect or semi-prostrate columnar cacti reaching up to a meter in height, the stems up to 15 cm in diameter with up to 8 ribs, the central spines and 4 to 7 radial spines. Has white flowers to 25cm. Cereus repandus (syn. Cereus peruvianus,Cactus repandus, Subpilocereus repandus, Cactus peruvianus,), the Peruvian apple cactus, is a large, thorny, columnar cactus. It is also known as giant club cactus or hedge cactus

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plant Features
  • Peruvian Apple Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Peruvian Apple Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Peruvian Apple Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Peruvian Apple Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Peruvian Apple Cactus

Latin name

Cereus repandus syn. Cereus peruvianus

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Peruvian Apple Cactus likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Peruvian Apple Cactus is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Peruvian Apple Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Peruvian Apple Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Peruvian Apple Cactus is 0.15meters x 1.00meters 0.15 M 1.00 M

Cereus repandus syn. Cereus peruvianus

Cereus cacti are erect or semi-prostrate columnar cacti reaching up to a meter in height, the stems up to 15 cm in diameter with up to 8 ribs, the central spines and 4 to 7 radial spines. Has white flowers to 25cm. Cereus repandus (syn. Cereus peruvianus,Cactus repandus, Subpilocereus repandus, Cactus peruvianus,), the Peruvian apple cactus, is a large, thorny, columnar cactus. It is also known as giant club cactus or hedge cactus


Planting

From Early Summer TO Late Summer

'Cereus' typically don't like direct afternoon sunlight and should be in partial shade through the hottest hours. They can take direct sunlight in the morning and afternoons. A rich, fast-draining cactus mix is ideal. To plant, do this preferably during the warm season. To repot a cacti, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

'Cereus' are propagated from stem cuttings. Most cuttings require time to dry and produce a callus on the wound, this can take from a week to a day depending on size and type. Use John Innes No 1 with up to 30 percent by volume of added grit and keep the compost on the dry side to prevent the cutting rotting off. Always check what your individual specimen will require.

 
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