Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Bertha’ | ‘Bolivian Torch’ | 25 seeds
Here’s a rather cool cactus strain from America, Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Bertha’, open-pollinated while surrounded by a wealth of amazing Trichocereus species and strains. This one’s going to have some fascinating genetics and will certainly make a nice addition to any garden! It’s also another of our UK exclusives…
Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis – commonly known as ‘Bolivian Torch’) is a fast-growing columnar cactus which reaches a maximum height of roughly six metres, branching out at the base to form stems of up to around twenty centimetres thick. Mature bridgesii can grow up to thirty centimetres a year in ideal conditions!
Closely-related to Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’), bridgesii really is a beautiful plant – highly recognisable by its fierce spines that can reach up to ten centimetres in length! As with some other Trichocereus species, it has been used by Bolivian shaman in healing rituals and is regarded by them as possessing sacred and protective properties. The species is also grown as an ornamental and as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth.
These quality seeds are very easy to germinate and grow and their main requirements consist of high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. They can easily be grown indoors in the UK and Europe.
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