Trichocereus cuzcoensis x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0’ | 25 seeds
Trichocereus cuzcoensis x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0’ is another of our UK exclusives, all the way from those industrious folk over in Australia, who apparently spend their days experimenting wildly with the species! We’ve extremely limited stocks of this one anyway, so grab it if you want a chance to to grow some truly unique Trichocereus crossbreed genetics…
A self-sterile, spiny and bright-green columnar cactus that grows roughly two to five metres tall, cuzcoensis is very similar in appearance to many plants found in the peruvianus complex, with which it easily hybridises to create new ‘transitional’ forms. As highlighted above, this has led to a lot of confusion and mislabeled plants!
Whichever side of the whole cuzcoensis/peruvianus separation debate you fall on, these really are beautiful specimens of this Peruvian Trichocereus species (which also occurs in Bolivia and other South American countries). Growing easily from seed or cuttings in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12, the species responds well when treated like other popular Trichocereus, such as Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus bridgesii. Germination should occur between two to six weeks from sowing, providing an ideal temperature of between 26°C and 30°C is maintained.
The extremely popular ‘Psycho0’ clone is commonly considered to be a gorgeous strain of the fast-growing Trichocereus bridgesii species, although it has been suggested it may have been crossed with something else somewhere along the way. The ‘Psycho0’ usually produces bridgesii-type plants with strong, long yellow spines and often forms three that are unusually strong and unique in appearance. It can also produce both short-spined and more traditional bridgesii-type cacti. Originating from the Australian Trichocereus community, it was initially distributed among a few SAB forum members and was named in memory of a community member who passed away.
Besides their traditional use, these two Trichocereus species are regarded as universal grafting stocks, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth.
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.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019