(Trichocereus bridgesii ‘SS02’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘SS01’) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘KGC’ | 25 seeds
We are genuinely excited to be offering this great quality (Trichocereus bridgesii ‘SS02’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘SS01’) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘KGC’ seed, fresh this year! A three-way crossbreed, available in very limited quantities and just one of our cool UK exclusives.
The father of this hybrid was Trichocereus bridgesii ‘SS02’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘SS01’. ‘SS02’ is a popular Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis, ‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’) clone, initially distributed by American cultivators and collectors Sacred Succulents. Trichocereus bridgesii is an attractive columnar species that can grow to six metres high, forming blue-green stems, up to twenty centimetres in diameter, which branch from the plant’s base. A very distinctive species, with formidable spines which can reach to ten centimetres in length.
‘SS01’ is another impressive selection originating from Sacred Succulents, and is a great 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, commonly known as the ‘Peruvian Torch’, forms a complex intergrade with closely-related species including Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus which comprises a wide array of interesting hybrids and varieties.
The mother of this cross, ‘KGC’, is a newer bridgesii clone which is rapidly growing in popularity on the international collector’s circuit. As with some other Trichocereus species (such as Trichocereus pachanoi, ‘San Pedro’), it has been used by indigenous peoples in their medicinal and spiritual practices. It’s 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.
This hybrid grows easily 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.
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