Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Peru2’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘KGC’ | 25 seeds
Another of our UK exclusives, Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Peru2’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘KGC’ is a great cactus hybrid, crossbred in Canada. Grab this seed while we still have some left, as we’re uncertain if we’ll be able to obtain any more in future…
A very impressive, fast-growing columnar cactus related to Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’) and Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’), Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana) is considered by many to exist on a continuum or complex with both Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus. Native to the Peruvian Andes (growing at a height of around two thousand to three thousand metres), it’s covered with fierce, reddish-brown-white spines (between approximately two and eight centimetres long), and forms 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.
Another fast-growing columnar cactus – this time native to Bolivia and Peru – Trichocereus bridgesii (syn: Echinopsis lageniformis) reaches roughly six metres in height once mature (it grows up to thirty centimetres a year in ideal conditions!), branching from the base to form stems up to twenty centimetres or so thick. Naturally occurring at high altitude, bridgesii copes well with temperatures right down to below -12°C and can be easily grown indoors too. The species is prized by collectors for its gorgeous appearance and for its fragrant and very large (up to twenty centimetres wide) flowers. Closely related to Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus peruvianus, bridgesii really is a beautiful plant, recognisable by fierce spines that can reach up to ten centimetres in length!
As with some other Trichocereus species, bridgesii has been used by Bolivian shaman in healing rituals and is regarded as possessing sacred and protective properties. Bridgesii is also useful in Bolivia as a hedge plant and as spiky natural fencing against human or animal intrusion. Besides this traditional use, Trichocereus bridgesii is regarded as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth.
As with most columnar Trichocereus cactus hybrids, Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Peru2’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘KGC’ seeds are easy to germinate and grow. The main requirements for successful germination consist of relatively high humidity, free-draining soil and adequate light, nutrients and water.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019