Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Clyde’ | ‘Peruvian Torch’ | 25 seeds
Another of our UK exclusives, Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Betsy’ x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Clyde’ combines the elegance of the attractive ‘Betsy’ with the relative newcomer ‘Clyde’… Get this while you can, as we don’t know whether we’ll be able to obtain any more of this seed once the current batch sells out!
Both parents, ‘Betsy’ and ‘Clyde’, are strains of the fast-growing columnar cactus Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana) – closely related to Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’) and Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’). Covered with fierce, reddish-brown-white spines (between approximately two and eight centimetres long), the species grows frosted, blue to green coloured columns (up to roughly eighteen centimetres in diameter) that reach up to six metres tall. Gorgeous, white to whitish blooms appear between late spring and summer.
Native to the Peruvian Andes (growing at a height of around two thousand to three thousand metres), peruvianus forms a complex intergrade with related species including Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus, which loosely comprises of many fantastic varieties and hybrids. As are many of the columnar Trichocereus species, peruvianus is often used as a hedge plant and also as an important adjunct to certain indigenous medicine practices.
Peruvianus seed stores well and the species grows easily outside (anywhere in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11) or indoors. Sow in mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil, progressing from light shade to full to partial sun as the young plants mature. When transplanting into larger, separate containers (after the first year or so), space between fifty centimetres and a metre apart, so they have ample room to grow. Allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings, reducing over the winter months as per your local climate. This species may also be propagated via cuttings.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019