(Trichocereus bridgesii ‘SS02’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘SS01’) x T. bridgesii ‘Wowie’ | 25 seeds
‘SS02’ is a much-coveted strain of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis, ‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’), originating from America’s venerable Sacred Succulents. One of our favourite columnar Trichocereus species, bridgesii can reach up to six metres tall, forming blue-green stems of up to twenty centimetres diameter which branch from the plant’s base. An extremely distinctive plant,with formidable spines which can reach up to ten centimetres in length. Closely-related to Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’), bridgesii really is a beautiful cactus!
‘SS01’ is another impressive selection originating from Sacred Succulents, and is a truly wonderful example of Trichocereus peruvianus. Native to the Peruvian Andes, where it grows at an altitude of between two thousand and three thousand metres, peruvianus is a short to medium-spined, blue-green and fast-growing columnar cactus which reaches roughly six metres high, producing fantastic, white-to-whitish flowers. The species forms a complex intergrade with closely-related species including Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus, loosely comprising an array of great varieties and hybrids.
‘Wowie’ is a less well known – but equally desirable – Trichocereus bridgesii clone, bringing some fresh genetics into the mix!
This cool hybrid grows easily from seed outside in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11, or in most climate zones indoors or under glass. Sow in mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil, progressing from light shade to full to partial sun as the cacti mature. Transplant into larger containers or the ground after the first year or two. Let the soil totally dry out before watering and fertilise every two weeks to one month over the spring and summer growing season.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced this year