Trichocereus cordobensis ‘Helon’ x Trichocereus scopulicola ‘MSS’ | ~6-8cm rooted plant
Here’s some really lovely cactus genetics from Australia – rooted, seed-grown Trichocereus cordobensis ‘Helon’ x Trichocereus scopulicola ‘MSS’! Limited stocks…
A controversial species naming (now considered by many to more properly sit somewhere within the scopulicola spectrum), Trichocereus cordobensis may have originated from New Mexico Cactus Research (NMCR). It’s often suggested to be extremely similar to the Trichocereus clones ‘Lance’ and ‘Super Pedro’. Confusingly, there was a completely different plant named Echinopsis cordobensis (the Trichocereus genus has been folded into the Echinopsis), although it’s now known as Echinopsis leucantha.
Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus) occurs only rarely in the wild, but is from time to time found growing in Bolivia’s Department Tarija, at an altitude of roughly one to one and a half thousand metres above sea level. Unlike many other columnar Trichocereus, this form has unusually short spines, which means it’s that much more pleasant to handle! In case you’re wondering, the ‘MSS’ in this particular scopulicola clone’s name stands for ‘Monarto Spineless Scopulicola’.
Growing to three or four metres tall and a maximum of around ten centimetres in diameter, this night-flowering species is presumed to be a particularly close relative to Trichocereus bridgesii (with which it readily forms hybrids). Most columnar Trichocereus, including this one, are regarded as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth.
These cacti are very easy and totally rewarding to cultivate – all they need is a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Easily grown indoors in the UK, every self-respecting Trichocereus fanatic should have at least one of these amazing plants in their garden!
Grown organically from seed in the Spanish sunshine – Ships from Spain
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