The ‘Peruvian Apple Cactus’ is a seriously cool tree-like cacti native to South America.
Standing tall, the stem is ribbed and a wonderful hue of glaucous blue-green. The ribs have small areoles set apart by golden-brown thorns. In its natural habitat this cacti can reach up to 10 metres in height – highly unlikely here in the UK but this is an extraordinary plant. The nocturnal flowers are a rare sight in cultivation here however in their natural environment they are an important food source for pollinating bats, they remain open for one night only…..kind of romantic really.
Cereus grow in arid regions so it’s critical that you place your cacti in a very bright position and don’t overwater it. You need only water very occasionally and ensure that the soil dries out completely between waterings. Will tolerate very hot conservatories also where it will thrive.
An excellent choice and low maintenance; will look amaing grouped with other cacti and succulents.