(This plant comes in a 3.5-inch pot. All our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)
Cereus peruvianus cactus, a native to South America, is a vertically growing erect columnar plant. The common names of this cactus are Peruvian apple cactus or Queen of the Night. Belonging to the Cactaceae Family, the cactus reaches a height of 30 ft. in the open or its native region. It is characterized by a green-grayish stem typical of cacti with brown spines on the edge of the stems. In indoor settings, the Peruvian cactus apple grows to about 6 to 8 feet with a fast growth rate. In summer, white flowers appear that bloom at night and close in the morning. Besides, the Cereus peruvianus flower is short-lived. The winter-dormant Peruvian apple cactus plant grows well in bright direct sun or shade, but it is not frost-hardy.
The Peruvian apple is a fast-growing plant.
The blooming season is summer. Small white funnel-shaped flowers bloom at night and close during the morning.
Watering and Feeding
Cereus peruvianus care includes watering the plant frequently during spring and summer and going slow during winter. This cactus should be watered only when the soil is dry.
The soil should be well-draining. It is best to use a typical cactus soil mix.
The Peruvian apple cactus cold hardiness zone is 9 to 11. It is not frost-hardy. The ideal temperature for its good growth ranges from -60° to -75°F (15.5° to 23.8°C) during summer and 50° to 55°F (10° to 13°C) during winter.
This cactus can grow well in direct sun, medium, or low light. Offer it bright direct sun to shade, indoors or outdoors, and it will keep growing well.
Cereus peruvianus can be propagated from offsets, stem cuttings, or seeds.
Cereus Peruvianus tends to get heavier as it grows taller and starts to bend towards the sun. If the cactus is potted, turn the pot to contain the bending. Similar is the case with flowers. Also, did you know that the fruit of the Peruvian apple cactus is edible? Interestingly, the Cereus peruvianus fruit looks like the dragon fruit. Be ready to add grace with Peruvian apple cactus to your patios, corridors & living room.