Thorn Grapes of Barbados – Acute Pereskia – Acute Pereskia – Fat Plants – Thorn Grapes of Barbados – Acute Pereskia – Succulent

It is a genus comprising 15-16 septa of primitive cacti, the only ones which still have real leaves, native to Mexico and Brazil, climbing; in the wild, they reach heights over the 9-10 m. They have thin, woody stems, which, with the age, are covered by areoles with thorns long up to 5-8 cm; they have big dark leaves, leathery, pointed oval, which usually fall in winter. In summer, it produces inflorescences formed by several perfumed flowers, of white, pink, yellow, red or violet colour.

In autumn, the flowers leave room to the fruits, small yellowish berries, edible.

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Barbados Gooseberries – Pereskia aculeata: How to water it

annafffiare They prefer very bright locations, but it is advisable to place them in shady places during the hottest periods of the year.

They can endure short periods of frost, but the minimum ideal temperature is around 10°C; in winter they should therefore be taken indoors or in a greenhouse with watering: during the vegetative period they should be watered regularly, drying the soil slightly between one watering and the other; with the arrival of the cold it is necessary to reduce watering, until they stop watering during the winter months.

From amrzo to October provide fertiliser for cacti dissolved in water every 30-35 days.Soil: use a very well drained soil rich in organic matter, composed of balanced soil, composting soil and sand in equal parts.Multiplication: may be by seed, in spring, or by cutting; cuttings of pereskia should be rooted immediately, should not be allowed to dry like all cuttings of other cacti. pereskia are often attacked by aphids and cochineals.

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