Monstrose Apple Cactus
Cereus repandus f. monstrosa (Monstrosa Apple Cactus) is a large, columnar, thorny cactus, with cylindrical gray-green to blue stems that can grow up to 10m in height. The showy, white, nocturnal flowers remain open for only one night.
This cactus is a shy bloomer but when it does they are small white flowers that give way to orange to red fruit that looks similar to an apple.hence known as a Monstrosa Apple.
Flowers only open at night however and live for less than 24 hours before closing.
Blooming usually happens from summers. After blooming, the plant will produce fleshy fruits. When ripe, the fruit opens up exposing an edible pulp.
This plant best grows in porous soil, and required good drainage. A sunlight friendly plant, this requires ample of bright light and airflow. Watering is required when the soil becomes dry to touch.
Cereus repandus is suitable and considered in the group of xeriscape plants. They are effective as container plants especially when included in rock gardens or with other cacti. As tree-like cacti, Cereus repandus f. monstrose make impressive accent plants and hedges.