Trichocereus schickendantzii ‘Tucumán’ | 25 seeds
Here’s some nice Trichocereus schickendantzii seed, collected in Tucumán, Argentina – the area from which the species type locality originates. Synonymous with Echinopsis schickendantzii, Trichocereus fabrisii, Trichocereus manguinii, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus shaferi, Trichocereus tenuispinus and Trichocereus volcanensis, the species can also be found growing wild in parts of Bolivia. This seed is another of our UK exclusives!
Trichocereus schickendantzii is a many-ribbed, branching columnar cactus which can reach approximately seventy-five centimetres in height, with each light to dark green-skinned stem growing up to roughly eight centimetres in diameter. Beautiful, tubular or funnel-shaped white flowers (up to approximately twenty-five centimetres long) bloom from the top of the column for several nights at a time throughout spring and summer. Debatably scented, each plant may grow either a single flower or a small cluster of them. Yellow spines form to one and a half centimetres or so and the plant’s fruits are apparently quite tasty.
Occurring naturally in USDA Hardiness Zone 10-11 – notably in forest and grassland, at an altitude of between 1,200 and 3,200 metres above sea level – schickendantzii is a popular and hardy grafting stock and ornamental cactus. As with most Trichocereus cactus species, its seed is easy to germinate and grow, with the essential requirements being relatively high humidity, a free-draining, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil and sufficient light (full sun to light shade), water and nutrients. Space the young plants roughly a metre apart, to allow them enough room to reach maturity.
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