Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Peruvian Apple Cactus...

Bloomed...  The Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus)... was planted in my yard by some renegade cactus planters right after we moved in a tore up the front lawn... about 5 years ago.  At the time it had one fruit, a "pitaya" which looked like a dragon fruit, so I ate it.  And it was amazingly delicious.  

But these flowers bloom once a year mainly at night... and currently I only have one.... and there's still research out on if these can be self-pollinated or not.  Guess I need to plant a few more.  

Found some good info here for my reference:


  1. These are amazingly beautiful flowers. Called "Princess of the night". They usually bloom 2X per year, at least with me. I think they must be self pollinating, as I don't see too many bug flying at night. and they typically just open before the night sets in, then, in the morning the flower is closed already again.

  2. More importantly, she made new little ones!!! ==> She is doing well.

  3. I don't know if you remember our neighbors at 1710 Hearst in Berkeley, but they had a giant, decades-old version of this cactus in their yard. Lots of blooms, but according to them only fruited once in the 10 years they lived there. Supposedly pollinated by bats...? Not sure if that's accurate, but I heard that.