Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Anakie’ x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Dan’ | 25 seeds
Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Anakie’ x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Dan’ is an excellent hybrid from Australia – and another Arkham’s Botanical UK exclusive!
‘Anakie’ is a great example of the attractive Peruvian columnar cactus, peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’, syn. Echinopsis peruvianus) – sister to the famous ‘San Pedro’, or Trichocereus pachanoi, and ‘Bolivian Torch’, or Trichocereus bridgesii. It’s often confused with the related Trichocereus cuzcoensis and is a wonderful blue-green coloured cactus.
Peruvianus has been used by humans for literally thousands of years, for example, as an ornamental, for religious practice and in traditional medicine (human and veterinary). Like many other columnar Trichocereus species, it can handle far lower temperatures than many other cacti and is consequently easy to grow indoors and outdoors in several climate zones.
‘Dan’ is a fairly rare named clone of Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi), a fast-growing columnar cactus found naturally in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. A native of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes Mountains, where it prefers an altitude range of around 6,600 to 9,800 feet, pachanoi has been used for by humans for more than three thousand years, variously as an ornamental, for religious divination and in traditional medicine (human and animal).
Pachanoi is a light to dark green cactus, growing up to twenty feet tall (although the highest recorded was forty feet!) under ideal conditions in USDA Zones 8b-10. Its stems, usually forming multiple branches from the plants base, grow up to fifteen centimetres in diameter and generally possess six to eight ribs. Its origins in the Andes enable it to withstand far lower temperatures than can many other cacti and it’s consequently easy to grow indoors and outdoors in most areas.
Most Trichocereus species can be easily grown indoors in the UK and these seeds are good and viable! Easy to germinate and grow, their main needs consist of relatively high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Besides traditional indigenous ritual use, several columnar Trichocereus species are regarded as universal grafting stock, offering high success rates and long lifespans of fast, consistent growth. They’re also popular when used as a hedge plant and as spiky natural fencing against human or animal intruders!
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