Pereskia aculeata cv 'Godseffiana' or Lemon Vine is a leafy evergreen cactus native to Tropical America. The plants are erect at first and then vine to about 30 feet (9 m) long. The salmon-yellow lanceolate leaves with very short petioles, are up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) long, with the underneath side of the leaves a reddish purple. There are 1-3 spines in each areole. Spines will reach 3 inches (7 cm) long. It is a very showy cactus for hanging baskets. They are very easy to grow and are hardy in the landscape in USDA zones 9-11.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, the plants bloom in late spring. The white rose–like flowers are lightly scented; the fruit is yellow and spiny.
Culture: Pereskia aculeata cv 'Godseffiana' need full sun to partial shade, with a well drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts coarse sand. During the growing season, the plants should be kept moist at all times. We fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer. The plants are fairly fast growers with selective pruning and container size the growth can be controlled so they don’t get out of hand. During the winter months the plants are kept in the cool rooms with a nighttime temperature of 48°F (9°C) and water is somewhat restricted, but never enough to let the leaves drop.
Propagation: Pereskia aculeata cv 'Godseffiana' is best propagated from cuttings taken in spring after new growth starts, or from seed. Cuttings should not be allowed to harden off, which differs from the procedure for most most cacti cuttings. They should be placed immediately into moist soil or sand to root.
Pereskia aculeata cv 'Godseffiana' was featured as Plant of the Week April 4-10, 2008.
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