Trichocereus candicans ‘Gladiatus’ x Trichocereus scopulicola | 25 seeds
Commonly known as the ‘Argentine Giant’, Trichocereus candicans is a clumping, light yellow-green columnar cactus native to the desert of northern and western Argentina. Clumps of this extremely variable species have been recorded up to three metres across, while individual stems reach roughly sixty to seventy–five centimetres in length. The stems have a diameter of up to fifteen centimetres and generally between nine and eleven ribs. Brown-yellow spines grow between four and ten centimetres in length. As with all the other Trichocereus species, candicans forms very beautiful and highly fragrant flowers! In this case, they’re commonly white to whitish (although can be red or yellow too, given the greatly intermingled genetics of the species), self-sterile, average roughly twenty centimetres across and bloom only at night (between mid-spring and early summer).
A naturally gregarious species, candicans is considered to be especially closely related and/or to interbreed with Trichocereus huascha (syn. Trichocereus grandiflorus), Trichocereus lamprochlorus, Trichocereus neolamprochlorus, Trichocereus pseudocandicans and Trichocereus strigosa. Further, there are many recognised varieties (notably Trichocereus candicans var. gladiatus, Trichocereus candicans var. robustior, Trichocereus candicans var. rubriflorus and Trichocereus candicans var. tenuispinus) and popular artificial hybrids. As with Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’), candicans provides excellent grafting stock.
One of our all-time favourite cacti, Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus) occurs rarely in the wild, but may sometimes be found growing in Bolivia’s Department Tarija, at an elevation of roughly one to one and a half thousand metres. Unlike many other columnar Trichocereus species, it possesses unusually short spines, which means it’s that much more pleasant when handling them is required! Growing to three or four metres tall and a maximum of around ten centimetres diameter, this night-flowering species is presumed to be a particularly close relative to Trichocereus bridgesii (the ‘Bolivian torch’, with which it readily forms hybrids).
These seeds are very easy to germinate and grow and their main requirements consisting of high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Easily grown indoors in the UK.
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