Trichocereus huanucoensis | ~47cm unrooted cutting
Arkham’s Botanical is pleased to offer our latest UK exclusive – an extremely limited number of these fantastic Trichocereus huanucoensis (or huancoensis) cactus cuttings – grown organically and with love in the Spanish sunshine! Rarely available in Europe, there is currently very little information available on this magnificent variety, but we’re at least lucky enough to have sourced a few…
Apparently native to Huánuco, Peru, huanucoensis is a rapidly growing, wide-ribbed and thick-stemmed branching columnar species, reaching up to seven metres high and with stems of approximately twenty centimetres in diameter. Blue-green in colour and highly variable in appearance (dependent on habitat), plants of this type may have either long, golden spines or (commonly) none at all and produce beautiful white nocturnal blooms.
A fairly obscure and rarely marketed cactus that’s nevertheless much admired by the hardcore Trichocereus fanatic, huanucoensis is not actually considered to be a ‘true’ species as of writing. Rather, the plants known by that name are generally believed to fall somewhere on the pachanoi–peruvianus spectrum, displaying characteristics similar to other plants within this complex. Some authorities have also conjectured a relationship with or intermediate form of Trichocereus santaensis, due to similarities in flower morphology. Notably, the Trichocereus huanucoensis found cultivated outside its natural habitat in Peru is suspected by many to originate from material imported into the USA in the 1950s by nursery owner Harry Johnson senior.
Whether huanucoensis is ever “definitely” identified, it’s a great addition to any discerning collection, combining many of the best traits of the closely-related Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’). As with those species, huanucoensis should handle anything from USDA Zones 8-10, where it may average roughly thirty centimetres of new growth per year in ideal conditions. Make sure to provide fertile, free-draining soil and regular watering and watch this fatty get even fatter!
Grown organically and with love in Spain!
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