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Tropical Fruit => Tropical Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: 850FL on September 24, 2020, 09:49:35 PM

Title: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: 850FL on September 24, 2020, 09:49:35 PM
Just bought one but reading conflicting advice on frost tolerance.. not sure if I want to plant in the ground or not? Some say Peruvian apple cactus is hardly frost tolerant, others say it will take a brief hard freeze once fully established, others say itíll take down to 15F..?
Also any rainfall/humidity and propagation recommendations?
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: spaugh on September 24, 2020, 10:34:38 PM
It can take light frost for sure.

Its a cactus, it grows easy.  You should not need to water it ever in Florida. 

To propogate it, you just cut a piece off and stick in the ground. 
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: 850FL on September 24, 2020, 11:21:16 PM
Will the roots damp off from too much rainfall and does it require much fertilizer or organics? Thank you
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: nullzero on September 24, 2020, 11:29:43 PM
Cereus peruvianus performs very well in Florida in general. As long as the genetics are strong root rot and bacterial and fungal pressures should be minimal. Cereus pereuvianus has a wide amount of genetic variation from what I have seen so cold tolerance, disease resistance, and moisture tolerance will vary to a degree depending on the clone or seedling.
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: Jabba The Hutt on September 25, 2020, 01:08:10 AM
Just got our first fruits from our Peruvian Apples! Quite Tasty, love the texture!
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: Mike T on September 25, 2020, 06:36:44 AM
Didn't Germaine Jackson sing a song called 'Let's Get Cereus"? I'm sure it was about this species.
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: pineislander on September 25, 2020, 07:51:34 AM
I'm told these may benefit from cross pollination thus I'm planting several seedlings and was told there is usually enough genetic variation to assure pollination.
Title: Re: Cereus peruvianus
Post by: Mike T on September 25, 2020, 07:53:25 AM
Sorry about my dumb comment. I should have said Jermaine Jackson