(Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Omar’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’ | 25 seeds
Arkham’s Botanical is pleased to say that we’re the only UK seller of these amazing high-quality Australian Trichocereus crossbreed seeds, so order some fantastic (Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Omar’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’ genetics for your garden while you can!
‘Omar’ is a popular named clone of the much-loved Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi), commonly known as ‘San Pedro’. A fast-growing columnar cactus found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, it’s native to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes Mountains, where it prefers an altitude range of around 6,600 to 9,800 feet. Pachanoi has been used for more than 3,000 years by humans, variously as an ornamental, for religious divination and in traditional medicine (human and animal), and is light to dark green, growing up to twenty feet tall (although the highest recorded was forty feet!) under ideal conditions in USDA Zones 8b-10. Its stems, usually forming multiple branches from the plants base, grow up to fifteen centimetres in diameter and generally possess six to eight ribs.
Pachanoi’s origins in the Andes enable it to withstand much lower temperatures than do many other cacti and it’s therefore easy to grow – indoors and out – in most areas. Averaging around twelve inches of new growth every year in an ideal climate, pachanoi can be propagated from seed or cuttings.
‘Tig’ is a highly-rated named clone of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis), another fast-growing columnar type which grows up to around six metres tall, branching out at the base to form stems of up to around twenty centimetres thick. Closely-related to Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus peruvianus (“Peruvian Torch”), bridgesii really is a beautiful plant – highly recognisable by its fierce spines that can reach up to ten centimetres in length! As with some other Trichocereus species, it has been used by Bolivian shaman in healing rituals and is regarded by them as possessing sacred and protective properties.
Besides their traditional use, Trichocereus bridgesii and Trichocereus pachanoi are regarded as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth. Both species are also used as hedge plants and as spiky natural fencing against human or animal intrusion.
These seeds are very easy to germinate and grow and their main requirements consisting of high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Easily grown indoors in the UK. Make sure to plant in fertile (but not too richly organic) and well-drained soil and water regularly and you’ll have some great new plants in no time!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019