Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana (syn. Trichocereus pasacana) | Seeds
We’re excited to be able to offer this cool Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana (syn. Cereus pasacana, Echinopsis atacamensis subsp. pasacana, Echinopsis pascana, Helianthocereus pacasana, Pilocereus pacasana, Trichocereus pasacana), a nice columnar type native to Argentina and Bolivia. Pasacana wood is traditionally used in building, to make furniture and rain sticks and as firewood.
Commonly known by names including ‘Cardón’, ‘Cardón Grande’, ‘Cavul’, ‘Pasacana Tree Cactus’ and ‘Pasakana’, subsp. pasacana grows to roughly ten metres in height and tends toward a branching growth habit, while the other recognised subspecies, Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. atacamensis, is generally unbranched, only grows to around six metres tall and is native to Chile. The cactus’ stems can reach seventy centimetres or so in diameter and are covered with brown-maroon coloured spines, up to about thirty centimetres in length. Gorgeous rose-white-whitish flowers, approximately ten to fifteen centimetres long, are followed by small, densely hairy, dark green edible fruits.
As with most Trichocereus cactus species, these seeds are very easy to germinate and grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11! Their main requirements consist of high humidity levels, free-draining (mildly acidic to mildly alkaline) soil and sufficient light, water and nutrients. Space plants roughly three metres apart to allow them enough room to reach maturity. Easily grown indoors in the UK and Europe!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019