Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Christie’s Peru’ x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yvonne’s Blue’ | 25 seeds
Arkham’s Botanical is pleased to say that we’re the only UK-source for these amazing high-quality Australian Trichocereus crossbreed seeds, so order some fantastic Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Christie’s Peru’ x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yvonne’s Blue’ genetics for your garden while you can!
‘Christie’s Peru’ is a great example of the attractive Peruvian columnar cactus, peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’, syn. Echinopsis peruvianus) – sister to the famous ‘San Pedro’, or Trichocereus pachanoi, and ‘Bolivian Torch’, or Trichocereus bridgesii. It’s often confused with the related Trichocereus cuzcoensis and is a wonderful blue-green coloured cactus.
Peruvianus has been used by humans for literally thousands of years, for example, as an ornamental, for religious practice and in traditional medicine (human and veterinary). Like many other columnar Trichocereus species, it can handle far lower temperatures than many other cacti and is consequently easy to grow indoors and outdoors in several climate zones.
‘Yvonne’s Blue’ is an Australian named clone of Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi – commonly known as “San Pedro”), a fast-growing columnar cactus found naturally in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. A native of 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 by humans for more than three thousand years, variously as an ornamental, for religious divination and in traditional medicine (human and animal).
Pachanoi is a light to dark green cactus, growing up to twenty feet tall (although the highest recorded was forty feet!) under ideal conditions in USDA Zones 8 to 11. Its stems form multiple branches from the plant’s base, growing to fifteen centimetres in diameter and having six to eight ribs. Its origins in the Andes enable it to withstand far lower temperatures than can many other cacti and it’s consequently easy to grow indoors and outdoors in most areas.
Besides their traditional use, these two Trichocereus species are regarded as universal grafting stocks, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth. These hybrid seeds are very easy to germinate and grow and their main requirements consist of high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Averaging around twelve inches of new growth per year (in ideal conditions), this seed will produce some lovely plants and can easily be grown indoors in the UK and Europe.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019