Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Icaros DNA’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ | 25 seeds
Another impeccable Trichocereus crossbreed right here! Combining two exceptional cactus forms: Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Icaros DNA’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’. This is great quality seed that will produce some lovely plants and it’s also another of our many EU exclusives!
An attractive columnar cactus originating from Peru, Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana, ‘Peruvian Torch’) is often confused with the related species Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus. Well-loved by the global cactus community for over a decade now, ‘Icaros DNA’ is an extremely reputable Peruvian supplier, who are especially respected for their high-quality Trichocereus peruvianus seeds. Icaros collect this seed ethically and renewably from Matacuna in Peru – a region long-considered to possess the “truest” (i.e. non-cuzcoensis) peruvianus type. Consequently, ‘Icaros DNA’ produces some amazing cacti, forming glaucous dark blue-green coloured columns up to six metres tall, with strong dark-red to dark-brown spines that grow somewhat longer than those of the closely-related Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’).
The mother strain is the ‘Short Spine’ form of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn: Echinopsis lageniformis, ‘Bolivian Torch’), a fast-growing columnar cactus from Bolivia. Taller than scopulicola, bridgesii can grow up to roughly six metres high, branching at the base and forming stems of roughly fifteen to twenty centimetres cm in diameter. Under suitable conditions, mature plants will grow up to thirty centimetres or so in just one year. Closely-related to pachanoi and peruvianus, bridgesii is a truly stunning cactus!
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. 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.
As with most Trichocereus cacti, these hybrid seeds are very 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