Trichocereus bridgesii ‘MM’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Lumberjack’ | 25 seeds
Here’s another excellent hybrid cactus offering – the mighty Trichocereus bridgesii ‘MM’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Lumberjack’! While not as well known as some other Trichocereus crossbreeds, this really is a great addition to any collection – and it’s yet another of our UK exclusives…
Both parent strains for this hybrid are impressive named clones of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis – commonly known as ‘Bolivian Torch’), a fast-growing columnar type 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 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.
The ‘Lumberjack’ clone (aka ‘Lumberjackus’) in particular is considered to be a gorgeous and fast-growing example of bridgesii – although it has been suggested that it might have crossed with peruvianus somewhere along the way. Consequently, ‘Lumberjack’ usually produces fat bridgesii-type plants with a dark-blue-green colour that display the species’ typical double-pair spination. However, it can also produce both short-spined and more traditional bridgesii-type cacti. The clone was reported to have been first discovered lurking in a hardware store in California.
These hybrid 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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