Trichocereus pachanoi ‘KK339’ | ‘San Pedro’ | ~12-14cm unrooted cutting
Now this one’s an especially nice Ecuadorian Trichocereus pachanoi variety, ‘KK339’; considered to be highly-representative of the plants of this species which grow wild in Ecuador. Grown organically from our mother plant in sunny Spain, these are another UK exclusive and are currently available as unrooted, twelve to fourteen centimetre cuttings.
Anyway, as mentioned above, ‘KK339’ (initially collected from around Chan Chan, in Ecuador) is considered by many aficionados to be a great example of the typical Ecuadorian pachanoi form, often surprisingly different in appearance to its Peruvian species sisters. Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi, ‘San Pedro’) is a hardy, fast-growing columnar cactus found growing in parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Native to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes, the light to dark green pachanoi prefers an altitude range of roughly two thousand to three thousand metres, where it can grow up roughly nine metres high under ideal conditions. Its stems, usually forming multiple branches from the plants base, grow to fifteen centimetres in diameter and generally have six to eight ribs.
As with all cacti with the ‘KK’ prefix, ‘KK339’ originates from the notorious Czech cactus wholesaler and collector Karel Knize. Based for many years in Peru (where he died in 2018), Knize is noteworthy in the cactus world for the incredible amount of seeds and plants which he disseminated around the world throughout his long career. However, unfortunately, he’s also notorious for his seemingly very confused identification/naming conventions too (when he remembered to label his plants)! For example, many of the ‘KK’ collections feature several visually-distinct plants lumped into one collection number, not to mention the several reports (from visitors to his nursery in Peru) of plants left in close proximity to crossbreed as they wish…
Trichocereus pachanoi has been used by humans for literally thousands of years, for example, as an ornamental, for religious practice and in traditional human and veterinary medicine. Like most other columnar Trichocereus species, they can handle far lower temperatures than many other cacti and are therefore quite easy to grow indoors and outdoors in USDA Zones 8-10.
Averaging roughly thirty centimetres of new growth per year (in ideal conditions), this excellent Trichocereus cactus will reward you for years to come, as long as you’re willing to provide fertile, free-draining soil and regular watering! Don’t forget a little organic fertiliser once or twice a year too…
Grown organically in the Spanish sunshine – Ships from Spain
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