Cereus repandus: Peruvian Cactus (5'10" - 3 tall per pot) in 14" Nursery Pot
A hardy plant for those who want to bring the desert home; the quintessential giant cactus.
Close your eyes and picture a cactus: It’s more than likely what you’re imagining is the Peruvian Apple Cactus. Evocative of the desert, the Peruvian Apple has its origins in the dry grasslands of South America. Growing directly upward in one or multiple columns, the Peruvian Apple is thick and sturdy, with smooth sides and prickly edges. A rare species of cacti that not only blooms flowers but also bears edible fruit in the wild, the Peruvian Apple functions as more than just a large-scale ornamental plant. Its inner cane-like wood is also utilized by local South American communities as building materials.
The Peruvian Apple Cactus needs lots of bright indirect light, but a lax watering schedule. Water it once a month when it’s fully dry, and make sure to soak it through. Less water is required during winter months.
The Peruvian Apple is fast growing, but it does best when grown in groups, with each contributing to the vitality of the others. An underrated and under-researched type of cacti, the Peruvian Apple shows an affinity for strength in numbers. If you have a soft spot for these prickly plants, this cactus is the one for you!