Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus)

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The Peruvian Apple Cactus is a large, hardy, fruiting cactus native to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.  It grows in a columnar fashion and is an enchanting gray/blue-green color.  It can reach up to 20 ft high at maturity with many arms and can grow up to 3 ft per year.  The cactus itself has few needles and the fruit is spineless.

Peruvian Apple Cactus Fruit has purple, magenta, and red colored flesh with a white fleshy interior that tastes tart and sweet with a crunchy and juicy texture.  They can be eaten raw or prepared like dragon fruit. Established plants are drought and cold tolerant and can handle temperatures down to 20 degrees!

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How to Grow Peruvian Apple Cactus

Plant Type: Fruiting Cactus

Harvest Season: Fall - Winter

Mature Size: 30 ft. fast-growing!

Soil & Moisture: Sandy, well-draining soil. In late Summer reduce watering until the next Spring and allow the soil to be fairly dry.

Exposure: Full Sun 

Zone Hardiness: 8-11

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