Aug 162012

Peruvian Apple Cactus, Hedge Cactus, or Giant Club Cactus are common names for the Cereus Repandus. So for the sake of my sanity, I will just say that these are pictures of a Peruvian Apple Cactus.

These are really cool cactus as they can get up to about 35 feet tall and each branch will be 3-8 inches around. They are a bluish or gray green color. The size and color of this cactus are not the only things that make it impressive…

It actually gives off food that people can eat. Many people know the fruit as Pitaya or Peruvian Apple. And yes, it does resemble an apple and is about the size of a baseball. The fruit may be yellow, purplish or red and has a smooth skin without thorns. The inside of the fruit is white and there are very small seed that are edible (similar to a dragon fruit). No, a cactus will not grow in your tummy if you eat the seeds. If you see this fruit at the store, you really should try it. As the fruit ripens, it may split and the riper it is the sweeter it is.

If you ever see one of these cactus blooming, be sure to take a picture right then as the white blooms only last for 1 night.

Peruvian Apple Cactus in desertscape

You can get a cutting or seeds to start growing your own Cereus Repandus. They are very heat and drought tolerant once they get good and established. After they have a good root system, they need well drained soil. Mine is not very big and it does fine in a pot. These plants are not real frost tolerant. I read that they should be fine down to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peruvian Apple Cactus - Cereus Repandus in Cactus Garden

I took these plant pictures in Henderson, Nevada at Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory. Brad goes for the chocolate; I go for their cactus garden. They are native to West Indies through Venezuela.

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