Cereus repandus “Florida”

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Synonyms:

Acanthocereus horribarbis
Cactus peruvianus
Cactus repandus
Cephalocereus atroviridis
Cephalocereus remolinensis
Cereus atroviridis
Cereus gracilis
Cereus grenadensis
Cereus lanuginosus
Cereus margaritensis
Cereus peruvianus
Cereus remolinensis
Cereus russelianus
Pilocereus atroviridis
Pilocereus fricii
Pilocereus repandus
Pilocereus swartzii
Piptanthocereus peruvianus
Stenocereus peruvianus
Subpilocereus atroviridis
Subpilocereus grenadensis
Subpilocereus margaritensis
Subpilocereus remolinensis
Subpilocereus repandus

Habitat:

Cereus repandus is probably native to the western Caribbean and Venezuela, but it spread in gardens of Central America. In some countries it is also cultivated for fruits.

Description:

Cereus repandus “Florida” giromagi cactus succulents is a cultivar of the species “Cereus repandus”, the “Peruvian apple cactus”. It is a perennial plant, and it has the aspect of a columnar cactus, with its many erect stems which can reach the height of 10 meters. The stems are gryish, glaucous green, multilobated and segmented, cylindrical. The spines are brownish, grouped in variable numbers in the aureoles. The aureoles are lined along the crest. This plant show nocturnal, creamy-white flowers. The blossoming of one flower lasts one night, and it occurs in summer. Flowers are big and solitary. Fruits are locally known as “Pitaya” or “Peruvian Apple”, they are more or less 4 centimeters long, yellow to reddish outside and whitish inside, full of small, crunchy, edible seeds. Although its fruits are edible, Cereus repandus is cultivated mainly for ornamental purposes, and it has a lot of cultivars.

Cultivation:

Cereus repandus is not particularly difficult to grow. Exposure to sunlight should be partial when the plant is young and full when it reach adulthood. It’s better
to cultivate it in pots, so that in winter it can simply be moved indoors to prevent frost damages, even if it actually can resist to moderate frosts. Cereus
repandus has a fast growth rate, so repotting is necessary every year in the beginning of spring. The substrate should be well-drained, a cactus soil is the most recommended. During the summer, water it once every 3-4 days, paying attention to water stagnation. In Autumn, reduce the watering frequency until completely suspending it in winter.

Propagation:

Propagation of Cereus repandus can be done thorugh cuttings or seed. Cuttings can be taken off in spring and put to root after letting them dry a little bit at the end. Seeds have to be sown in a cactus mix substrate which has to be maintained wet.

Curiosity:

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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