(Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ | 25 seeds
We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer this truly impressive Trichocereus hybrid seed from Australia; (Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’! We’ve limited stocks of this great seed available as one of our EU exclusives.
Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis is comparatively rare on the market and combines two excellent cacti! ‘Los Banos’ is a quite fat type from Los Baños in Ecuador, which appears to be from the pachanoi end of the spectrum and – tantalisingly! – is often reported to display on-again-off-again monstrose tendencies as it matures.
Trichocereus pallarensis (syn. Echinopsis pallarensis) is an exceedingly rare and often disputed species, which appears to occur on the same continuum as Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’) and Trichocereus santaensis. Apparently native to only two or three regions of northern Peru (where it grows at between two and a half thousand and three thousand metres above sea level), pallarensis was first noticed around 1961, when Fredrick Ritter named it as a species – despite also describing it as a variety of Trichocereus pachanoi! As far as we’re aware, at least two collections of this cactus have been recorded: ‘FR676’ and ‘FR1468’.
Highly similar to pachanoi in appearance, pallarensis is a slightly stout, columnar green cactus which possesses thin, brown-honey-tan spines, up to roughly fifty millimetres in length. The flowers are white and are followed by fruit up to approximately five centimetres long, three or four centimetres in diameter and covered in grey hairs.
The ‘Short Spine’ form of Trichocereus bridgesii is well worthy of your attention too! A fast-growing, columnar cactus from Bolivia, bridgesii reaches roughly six metres high, branching at the base and forming stems of roughly fifteen to twenty centimetres in diameter. Under suitable conditions, mature plants will grow up to thirty centimetres or so a year! Closely-related to Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and Trichocereus peruvianus, bridgesii is a beautiful cactus, recognisable by its four to ten centimetre long spines. It’s been used by Bolivian shaman, as a universal grafting stock (offering a high success rate and a long-life span of steady fast growth) and as a hedge or defensive plant.
Growing naturally at high altitude, bridgesii withstands temperatures below -12°C and can be grown indoors in the UK. The species is prized by cactus collectors both for its gorgeous appearance and for its very large (up to twenty centimetres in diameter) fragrant flowers, which are absolutely wonderful and bloom on summer nights.
As with those of most Trichocereus cacti, these seeds are easy to germinate and grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11. Their main requirements consist of high humidity levels, free-draining (mildly acidic to mildly alkaline) soil and sufficient light, water and nutrients. Space plants roughly three metres apart to allow them enough room to reach maturity. Easily grown indoors in the UK and Europe!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced