Wonderful cactus! I use them as a border.
The fruit taste great, though the quality varies greatly from plant to plant. So If you have one that produces nice good quality fruit, GOOD FOR YOU!
If you want to grow them from seed, make sure its fresh, preferably just washed right out of the UNREFRIGERATED fruit. Ive found the refrigerating really affects the sprout rate, as with drying them.
From seed it took me 41/2 years to get fruit from my first 20 seeds I planted..
Also, Its seems they might suffer from some degree of self infertility, as with cross pollination fruit set is near 100%, without near 20% Id say...
Can take a hard frost too if well established, but not prolonged freezing temps...
Cuttings can be a pain to root, unlike padding cactus, they don't seem to root well from the spine nodes, but from the cut skin lips.. And grown from seed, they grow much more symmetrical, instead of sending off arms in all directions...
On Oct 14, 2010, dumblady from Spring Hill, FL wrote:
The fruit is edible!! And it has a gorgeous hot pink color skin with a pleasantly mild melon taste. They also have tiny seeds that crunch kinda like a strawberry's seeds do. We cut them up & put in a fresh fruit salad. Beautiful! We have several of these cacti growing on the west side of our house here in Central FL, zone 9a. We also have two of the Mostrose version. The gorgeous giant flowers are a sight to behold & still open in the early morning. Fabulous!
On Sep 29, 2010, incognitopoint from Ocklawaha, FL wrote:
I got 4 cuttings this past spring, from someone who lives in the area, I brought them home, stuck them in the ground and they now have flower arms growing, Can't wait to see it bloom. I hope to grow it and share it with other people in the area, it really is a cool plant and an awesome addition to my otherwise tropical looking yard here in Central Florida
On Jul 6, 2010, ameli1 from The Villages, FL wrote:
I RECIEVED A SMALL PIECE OF THIS CACTUS FROM A FRIEND 5 YEARS AGO, AFTER REACHING 15 FT HIGH I CUT IT BACK TO 8 FT AND REPLANTED THE CUT OFF PIECE AND SO I KEPT ON DOING THIS, I NOW HAVE 10 CACTUS AROUND MY HOME PLUS I GAVE AWAY MANY CUTTINGS,I LOVE THIS CACTUS AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL WITH ALL IT'S FLOWERING EVERY YEAR.I LIVE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. ONE QUESTION I ASK EVERY TIME I CUT A PIECE OFF I GET 2 TO 4 NEW GROWTHS ON TOP, HOW HIGH CAN I LET 4 GROWTHS GROW AND WILL THEY OVER WEIGHT THE LOWER PORTION. PLEASE RESPOND.
On Dec 6, 2009, Colibre from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:
I got a Peruvian Cereus in a terrarium in 1971; it was about the size of my little finger. It grew for many years and once it started getting big, we put it in a pot. When it got too big for that, we stuck it in the ground by our water feature. For many years we kept finding flowers in the pond and never could figure out where they came from--until one evening we just happened to look up. What a nice surprise. By this time, the thing was about 10 feet tall. That winter, it got really cold here and snowed (at our home south of Sierra Vista, AZ the elevation is over 4,800 feet) and it got nipped pretty bad. So we cut it up and started a number of new plants. We kept two and gave one away. Those two went into the ground on a west-facing fence and have been doing wonderfully since. They didn't bloom for a couple years but this year they did--and we got fruit! Only a couple that we know of, but we will be watching them much more closely in the years to come. Tasted the fruit and it was really sweet; can't wait for next year!
On Oct 29, 2009, RxBenson from Pikesville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I always trust "J.L.Hudson, Seedsman" implicitly regarding identification and taxonomy, so I am going to post a photo (2) of the plant that I have grown from seed as Cereus peruviana. It is now 7 or 8 years old and 32 inches tall. (It was growing very symmetrically until insect damage caused an abberation in the stem/trunk during its stay outdoors in the summer a couple years ago.) This plant does not look like the ones you are presenting as C. peruviana -- because it is immature and grown from seed rather than a cutting?
I welcome comment and assistance. My encyclopedia says the plant reaches 35 feet in the wild -- so how long do I have to wait to experience blooms????
Canadian living in Tokyo, Japan. Accidently stumbled accross this house with an Giant Apple Cactus that extended about 6 meters above roof level of a two story house. Lady offered us a big cutting. We potted it (about 60cm) in a large pot around Christmas and kept it indoors until the weather warmed. Started to grow late June and has more than doubled in size! Continues to grow daily. I have never seen anything like it! No flowers yet but hoping for a late summer bloom. Is it true you can trim these things just by cutting off the top with a saw? If yes, when is the best time to do this? Will it then branch out? Any care tips would be great as I am new to this:)
On Aug 9, 2009, newbytucsoner from Tucson, AZ wrote:
We bought this house in January -- in Tucson -- and it began to bloom in May. In three rounds it has put out over 160 blooms -- and is now producing "Peruvian apples" that are tasty. This has been an amazing year -- and it's still producing blooms too.
This monsoon season has been drier that usual, we are told -- and we have done some watering, but can't account for its fecundity. A glorious experience!
On Aug 23, 2008, cherannhers from Summerfield, FL wrote:
I live in Florida and my Cereus Peruvianus is about 25 feet tall. This year evidently due to all the rain my cactus is about to bloom for the third time this year and this time it will have at least 100 blooms hopefully all within a few days time. I am considering calling the newspaper to see if they want a picture of it. Is this unusual to have this many blooms at once?
On Feb 4, 2008, manimalon from Buenos Aires Argentina wrote:
The plant was in the garden when I bought the house. Someone cutted the catus across many years ago and still it grew back. It is 15 feet tall and I estimate 30-40 years.
It is extremely beautyfull at blossom (as said here, only one night long). Gets full of bees at dusk (now late summer here in Buenos Aires: 34° lalitude South, 17°C mean temperature, 1000mm annual rainfall, some frost days a year).
On Aug 24, 2007, scottncindy from Tucson, AZ wrote:
I bought this cactus at a Tucson nursury in early June and planted it next to the front porch of our house. It was already three feet tall. During the first summer, it didn't grow any taller but it did put out a large number of flowers, each of which opened for only one night, turning black and falling off in the next day's sunshine. This plant seems to do very well in the Tucson climate.
On Jul 1, 2007, thaihotgardens from Brandon, FL wrote:
I started with a 5' specimen of this cactus 3 years ago. It grew to about 10 feet that year, and the beginning of next spring I cut it into 14 section between 2' and 4' each. Despite having a rough start (many of the ridge edges browned and fell off, leaving less pronounced ridges), they have all taken, giving me a nice natural fence which is blooming 4-10 flowers on each plant. I have about 20 or so fruits that look like they are nearly ripe now, was wondering if there is anything special I should do before eating? Very fun cactus to watch growing, and the blooms are awesome, short-lived though they are
On Jul 4, 2006, entr_acte from Kansas City, MO wrote:
I've had my potted cereus rapandus since 1998. The winters here in Kansas City are too harsh of course to allow me to leave it out past frost but it has done extraordinarily well growing to 6 feet on the patio. It has flowered now for the second year. This year it put on 6 flowers, blooming the night of July 3rd into the 4th in a spectacular display!
On Aug 25, 2005, mojavegardener from Inyokern, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I live in the Mojave, Zone 8a. I grow these in pots, as they must be brought in during the winter for frost protection. They love the hot summers here, requiring little water or care. Great flowers in late summer, draws a lot of giant black bumblebees!!!
On Mar 2, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
One source states that this is probably native to the western Caribbean and Venezuela. The fruit & stems are edible. This cactus is cultivated for living fences, furniture, soap substitutes and firewood.
On Nov 3, 2004, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
It holds up to freezing temperatures much better than I anticipated. It was uncovered through at least a week's worth of freezing nights (independently), and suffered minimal damage. The only parts that actually froze were new arm buds that hadn't had a chance to harden. Several people have it growing in their yards here. Does best in a protected southern position.
On Oct 5, 2004, monkeyboy from Grand Rapids, MI wrote:
hello everybody, i am new to this site.
i just have bought this cactus 5 days ago. when i bought it, it already had two buds on there, ready to bloom.
does anyone know how long it takes from bud to bloom? it would be really awesome if anyone could help. thanks a lot everyone
On Aug 16, 2004, deborahgrand from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:
I thought I'd lost this one years ago and in clearing debris from old greenhouse area, there it was still going strong and absolutely COVERED in apples. Can limit height growth by keeping it in a small pot, I've discovered. Can't wait to see what it does when I put it in the ground.
On Jun 9, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant is a no brainer for most living in the sunbelt. Its only drawback is the spectacular flowers open at dusk and die before noon the next day, so to see them at their best you have to view them at night or in the very early a.m. The fruit is better than the "cactus apple" of the opuntia if only because it has no spines and can be eaten out of hand. It is called "pitaya" but it is not as tasty as the fruit of hylocereus undata, which is also called "pitaya."
On Apr 30, 2003, adkomondor from North Charleston, SC wrote:
Grows very well a a potted plant. As it gets taller, you can cut it back with a hand saw, and the plant will send out branches. Loves warmth and full sun. Will bloom in the house (at least for me). Blooms at night. Each blossom is only open for one night.
On Apr 2, 2003, daveguitar from skegness United Kingdom wrote:
From England - I have a 'monstrosa' version of this plant, 500cm. tall which suffered severe damage when the greenhouse temperature dropped below 4 degrees C last winter. [I cut the top off which was undamaged and it rooted ok]
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Green Valley, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Picture Rocks, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Tucson, Arizona (2 reports) Arroyo Grande, California Garden Grove, California La Presa, California Los Angeles, California San Leandro, California Thousand Oaks, California Vacaville, California Yorba Linda, California Beacon Square, Florida Brandon, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Fort Walton Beach, Florida June Park, Florida Kenneth City, Florida Melrose Park, Florida North De Land, Florida Ocklawaha, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida South Venice, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Summerfield, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Tampa, Florida The Villages, Florida Timber Pines, Florida Warm Mineral Springs, Florida Baton Rouge, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Las Vegas, Nevada Corpus Christi, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Shepherd, Texas Shoreline, Washington